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LT  Raymond T. ALBRIGHT

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP

 Raymond T. Albright, co-pilot on the Robert K. Gilbert crew. Gilbert crew information (Photo courtesy of the Albright family and Jack O'Leary) 

SERIAL #: O-206241 STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: WEST McHENRY, IL (flying at end of hostilities)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2nd Lt Robert K.Gllbert                P FEH  O-775322
2nd Lt Raymond T.Albright         CP FEH  O-206241
   F/0 Jack Clopeck                  NAV FEH  T-132242
   Cpl Richard G.Crane              ROG FEH  37662202
   Cpl Russell A.Madsen             TTE FEH  19171296
   Cpl Curtis H.Satzinger            BTG FEH  37576840
   Cpl William G. "Tex"Leonard     NG FEH  38133367   (TRANSFERRED TO LT PLANK CREW AS TOG AFTER 10 MISSIONS)
   Cpl Lester L. Alexander           WG FEH 39719507
   Cpl Mearl W.Johnson              TG FEH  37576840

350th Sqdn.  Crew,as above, joined the 100th Group on 9/1/45.
Crew flew ten (10) missions before being selected as lead crew (see below)

Wrote Lester Alexander,3083 Patrlcia Ave.,Los Angeles,CA 90064 for information 27/2/84.

Following information courtesy of Russell A. Madsen:  "We flew 10 missions in February 1945 (original crew), were in lead crew training all of March 1945, and flew five missions as lead crew during April and May 1945. Ray Albright, William Leonard and Lester Alexander completed their tours with other crew."

First Ten Missions - Original Crew

 03 Feb 1945  Berlin       City and Tempelhof Air Field
 06 Feb 1945  Chemnitz  City
 14 Feb 1945  Chemnitz  City and Bridge
 15 Feb 1945  Cottbus    City
 17 Feb 1945  Frankfurt  Marshalling yards Contrails  shows Giessen.  The Story of the Century indicates Frankfurt - jet engines and Giessen marshalling yards.
 20 Feb 1945  Nurnburg  Marshalling yards
 21 Feb 1945  Nurnburg  Marshalling yards
 22 Feb 1945  Kitzingen  Town and marshalling yards..Contrails   indicates 100th A - Donaueschihgen
                                   100th B - Hueingen, 100th C - Wehinger. The Story of the Century lists all four targets named above
 24 Feb 1945  Bremen    Rail Bridge
 25 Feb 1945  Munich     Marshalling yards

Lead crew

Command Pilot
Lt Robert K. Gilbert               P
Lt Jack Clopeck                  NAV
Lt Lyle Calvert                   BOM
Lt Dave Hoffner           (Mickey Operator)
S/Sgt Richard G. Crane       ROG
S/Sgt Russell A. Madsen      TTE
S/Sgt Curtis H. Satzinger     BTG
S/Sgt John Marlowe            WG
S/Sgt Mearl W. Johnson       TG

Lead Crew Missions

 08 Apr 1945  Eger, Czechoslavakia Marshalling yards
 09 Apr 1945  Munich   Air Field
 11 Apr 1945  Landshut  Ordinance Depot
 14 Apr 1945  Royan, France  Ground defenses
 01 May 1945  Amsterdam, Holland Food Drop (operation Chow Hound)
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CREW (Leonard's second crew)

2ND LT GERALD A. PLANK                P FEH
2ND LT EDWIN C. CLOUGH              CP FEH
2ND LT ROBERT E. GAST              NAV FEH
2ND LT HERMANN L. CALVERT, JR. BOM FEH
CPL FRED N. KUPPERSMITH            ROG FEH
CPL KENNETH NEWMAN                TTE FEH
CPL HANS F. BOSCH                      BTG FEH
CPL JOHN M, BUNN                        WG FEH
CPL  CHARLES H. LEAVENS              TG FEH

350TH SQDN...CREW, AS ABOVE JOINED THE 100TH ON 18 FEB 1945
WILLIAM GAYLE "TEX" LEONARD FLEW 15 MISSIONS WITH THE ABOVE CREW AS TOGGELER

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Raymond Albright, 93, of McHenry, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Hospice of Northeastern Illinois Inpatient Unit in Woodstock.
He passed away on the date of his 70th wedding anniversary to Evelyn. The family was able to have a celebration in honor of this event Saturday, June 4.
He was born July 3, 1917, in Chicago, to William and Florence Albright. He married Evelyn Schaefer on June 7, 1941, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry.
A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was a 1st lieutenant who served with the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group and 350 Squadron. He was the recipient of the Air Medal in recognition of exceptionally meritorious achievement while flying a B-17 in 19 missions over Germany. 
He was a life member of McHenry VFW Post 4600. He enjoyed dancing, golf and bowling.
He loved his family and is survived by his wife of 70 years, Evelyn Albright of McHenry; his three children, Kitty (Fred) Ballstaedt of McHenry, Barb (Bill) Gray of McHenry and Rich (Frankie) Albright of Woodstock; his grandchildren, Dan (Tracy) Ballstaedt, Anita (Jim) Camara, Michael (Toni) Ballstaedt, Fred Ballstaedt, Jason (Stephanie) Faunt, Christine (John) Tufts and RJ (Jesse) Albright; his great-grandchildren, Toni, Alyssa, Jeff, Dustin, Adam, Julie, Keira and Makayla; his sister, Florence Weber of New Port Richey, Fla.; and his two sisters-in-law, Treva Burgess of Taylorville and Marilyn Schaefer of McHenry
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Albright; and two brothers-in-law, John Weber and John Burgess.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
For information, call Colonial Funeral Home at 815-385-0063 or visit

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PHOTOS:

 Robert K. Gilbert, left, and Raymond T. Albright - CP on the Gilbert Crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Robert K. Gilbert 350th Crew (left to right):
Standing: Raymond T. Albright - CP,Robert K. Gilbert, the Pilot, Russell A. Madsen - TTE,
George Smith - BOM, Jack Clopeck - NAV
Kneeling: Lester L. Alexander - WG, William G. Leonard - TOG, Richard G. Crane - ROG, Curtis H. Satzinger - BTG and Mearl W. Johnson - TG 

 Most of the Robert K. Gilbert Crew going on first leave to London; Standing from left; Richard D. Crane, Raymond T. Albright, Lester L. Alexander, William Gayle Leonard, Robert K. Gilbert and Jack Clopeck. Kneeling; Mearl W. Johnson and Russell A. Madsen. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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