Capt. Michael Alba

(C. Olshavsky)

Capt. Michael Alba

338th FS - 14 June 1944 - 12 December 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL- 44-  "Daisy Jr."

Mission History

Completed tour.

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
232 12 September 1944 Leipzig
233 13 September 1944 Merseberg
263 02 November 1944 Merseberg
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 12 September 1944  He-111 destroyed (ground) Giessen
13 September 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) Eisenach-Gotha
02 November 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) Merseberg
02 November 1944  Me-109 damaged (air) Merseberg
Notes Born on 23rd March 1917, in Pasadena, CA
From North Hollywood.
ASN - O-760219
14 June 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
10 July 1944 - Sent on Detached Service to 505FS, 339th FG
27 July 1944 - Returned to the 338th Fighter Squadron
04 August 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
29 November 1944 - Awarded 6th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
12 December 1944 - Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot

Former President of the 55th Fighter Group Association and 442nd Air Service Group Association
Passed away on 21st December 2007

Memories Mike Alba's Obituary
Published in Los Angeles Daily News from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2007

'LT. COL. MICHAEL ALBA March 23, 1917 - Dec. 21, 2007 Lt. Col. Michael Alba, USAF (Ret) died comfortably at home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on December 21, 2007 from a long battle with kidney failure. He was born in Pasadena, California, and was raised in Simi Valley. Attended Pasadena City College, and played baseball with Jackie Robins on. He graduated from the University of Redlands on a full tennis scholarship in 1942 and, in 1943, he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Army Air Force from the Aviation Cadet program. During World War II, he served as a P-38 and P-51 fighter pilot in the 55th Fighter Group in England. Lt. Alba Worked eight years for the pentagon, then served throughout Latin America as an Air Attaché, Air Operations Officer and a member of the Inter-American Defence Board Intelligence Division. Notably, he served as an advisor on Operations and Training to Honduras, Uruguay and Venezuela; and was instrumental in the successful creation of their respective Air Corps. At one point, Lt. Col. Alba was so highly regarded that he was sought after by the Honduran government to head its Air Corp. His awards include: the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, 9 Air Medals, WWII Victory Medal and Presidential Unit Citation; along with many formal recognitions from several foreign military organizations. He served as President of the 55th Fighter Group and 442 Air Service Group Association where he was instrumental in the dedication of the P-38 and P-51 memorials at the USAF Academy. In addition, he was known as an avid golfer and was lovingly known to his friends as "the greatest 80-year-old golfer." Left to mourn are his wife, Ivy; his two daughters, Michele Bridges (Ron) and Victoria; his four stepsons, Rex, David, Gilbert and Gordon; his brothers, Bob, Andy, Kinteen and Danny; his sisters, Irene, Mary, Emily and Helen; his first cousins, Gloria Smith (Larry) and Gil Mays (Ines); his grandchildren, Heather Doyle (Sean), David, Tyler and Kelly Ayn; his great grandchildren, Trevor, Caroline and Evelyn Doyle and David Michael Joseph Bridges; mother of his children, ex-wife, Dorothy; and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Kinteen and Carmen; brothers, Bill, Cipriano and Pete; and his sister, Lupe.'
Additional Photographs Capt. Alba with P-38J (F.Birtciel)

Capt. Alba with P-51D(F. Birtciel)

Mike Alba at Omaha Reunion in 1987.  (Mike was President of the 55th FGA and 442nd ASGA at this time). (F. Birtciel)

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