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Benjamin H Albertson

Military

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return FTR bomber escort Fredrickshafen.

Crashed near Abbeville on 18-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-75136 after being hit on starboard wing [3ft hole] by flak. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3402.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 369th Fighter Squadron
  • 370th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas, USA 2 August 1920
Lived in San Antonio, Texas 1940
Crashed 10 miles offshore from Clearwater, FL, USA 15 September 1942

Forced Landing Engine Failure 10 miles out at sea from Clearwater, Florida Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Benjamin H Albertson, 15-Sep-42.

P-43A 40-2937 - 98FS, 334FG

Assigned Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK April 1943 – 22 October 1943

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 22 October 1943 – 18 March 1944

Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down 80100 Abbeville, France 18 March 1944

Crashed near Abbeville on 18-Mar-44 in P-47D 42-75136 after being hit by flak on the return from an escort and support mission to Southern Germany. MACR 3402.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 18 March 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Crashed Japan 19 August 1947

Landing Accident due to Mechanical Failure Johnson AB, Japan Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Benjamin H Albertson, 19-Aug-47.

F-15A 45-59322 - 8PRS 35FG

Buried Calimesa, CA, USA June 1968

Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Calimesa
Riverside County
California, USA

Died Los Angeles, CA, USA 8 June 1968

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2019 15:41:14 Janet Fogg Changes to media associations
Sources

359th Fighter Group Association

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 10:39:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 3402 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2016 17:21:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Albertson
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=albertson%2C+Ben
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=albertson%2C+Ben
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Albertson&GSfn=Ben...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3402, Unit History, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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