2/Lt. Albert A. Albino
2/Lt. Albert A. Albino
38th FS - 07 May 1943 - 29th November 1943 (Killed in Action)
P-38H 42-67051 "Spirit of Aberdeen" (Robert M. Littlefield)
|Notes||Born in 1919
Native of Utah
17 March 1942 - Enlisted in Los Angeles, CA
Army Serial No. at enlistment - 19081219
Home of Record - Aberdeen, Washington
ASN - O-743300
07 May 1943 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
29 November 1943 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 01428
Captain Thomas Beaird, from 55th Ftr. Grp. Headquarters and flying with the 38th Ftr. Sqdn., made the following report: "Our flight was slightly trailing the other 3 flights going to the rendezvous. Our flight leader had to fall out and called to me to take over. I acknowledged and called the flight to step up the mercury as I was going to catch up. At the time, Lt. Albino was second in the flight, approximately three ship lengths behind us and approximately four ship lengths in front of Lt. Peters. We were in the same relative position when someone called, 'Bogies coming down at three o'clock, get rid of your tanks.' I turned to the right, dropped my tanks and looked to see if Lt. Albino and Peters had gotten rid of theirs. This was the last time I was able to locate Lt. Peters or Albino as almost immediately we were bounced from approximately 8 o'clock, and the lead flights from, I think, about 1 o'clock.
"After we tangled there seemed to be nothing but individual ships that joined up to make flights as best they could."
2/Lt. Edward Peters reported: "I was flying number two position in a flight lead by Captain Hancock. Capt. Hancock started a turn to the right, leaving because of engine trouble, and as we were deep in enemy territory I started with him, however, he called and said I should turn back to accompany the group. I started to return but by this time I had fallen way back out of formation and as I increased manifold pressure my left engine cut out at 24 inches of mercury. I continued trying to catch up and ahead of me about one half mile was Lt. Albino and ahead of him was Capt. Beaird. I and Lt. Albino were quite a distance behind Capt. Beaird and I followed for about four or five minutes. At this time the group was bounced and the order given to drop "babies". I looked behind and saw one E/ A diving at me from about 7 o'clock. I broke into him and he fired at me as he passed over top. I looked for the group but as I could only see their contrails, and due to the faulty engine, I turned and came back alone. It is possible that the E/ A which attacked me or the six below could have continued on their way and caught Lt. Albino as he was straggling."
Lt. Albino was killed by enemy fighters and crashed
into the marshalling yard of Hoogeveen, Holland. His name is on the Wall
of the Missing, Cambridge American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Coton,
England. In February 1979 Lt. Albino's remains were discovered during an
excavation project of the Hoogeveen Marshalling Yard and his final resting
place is now Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
I have very fond
memories of this most likeable young man. I think everyone liked him, and
I know he was a special favorite of the enlisted men. He had a sunny,
effervescent personality, and always had something going.
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