1/Lt. Albert M. Koenig


(W. Staggs via C. Smith)

1/Lt. Albert M. Koenig

38th FS - 11 August 1944 - April 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-51 "One Must-hang"

Mission History

63 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
227 05 September 1944 Stuttgart
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged
Score Detail 05 September 1944  u/i a/c damaged (ground) Stuttgart/Boblingen
Notes ASN - O-816879
11 August 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
15 November 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
20 February 1945 - Hit by flak while strafing in Germany.  Engine seized and Lt. Koenig bailed near Ettelbruck, Luxembourg.  Back to unit in 3 days.
Albert Koenig crashed on a hill 5, 88 km west of Ettelbrück (49 o 52' N  5o 57' E), near the village of Dellen (Luxembourg). (Paul Patist) 
Photograph of fragments from Lt. Koenig's P-51 (Gunsight and Range dial) (Paul Patist)
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April 1945 - Ended Tour of Duty
Awards
Memories From Al Koenig: he bailed out over Luxembourg, but was unsure if he was behind or before enemy lines. His engine froze up and the plane went into a spin. He had trouble getting out of the cockpit, but finally made it. He gathered up his chute and started walking west, hoping to find Americans.
When he saw a local citizen with a can of Prince Albert tobacco, he figured the Americans must be close. He was retrieved by allied troops that day, and eventually made it back to the squadron.
(Ken Breaux)

Passed away on 1st September 2004.

Additional Photo Lt. Koenig suiting up (F. Birtciel)
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