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Albaugh, Ralph B.

Rank and Name,Second Lieutenant Ralph B. Albaugh.

Unit/Placed in,26th Bomber Squadron,11th Bomber Group (Heavy).

 

Ralph is born 1921 in Waco, Texas.

Father, Roy B. Albaugh.

Mother, Annah B. Albaugh.

Brother,William A. Albaugh .

 

Ralph enlisted the U.S.Army in Texas with service number # 0-765199.

 

 

Ralph’s crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were;

 

1st Lt. Herman L. E. Bierwirth Pilot

2nd Lt. Ralph B. Albaugh Co-Pilot

2nd Lt. Fiume C. Cascioli Navigator

2nd LT. Harris G. Chaney Bombardier

T/Sgt. Napoleon A. McMullen Engineer

T/Sgt. Charles M. Finnigan Radio Operator

T/Sgt. Donald E. Bloedel Asst. Radio Operator

S/Sgt. Charles L. Conrad Asst. Engineer

S/Sgt. Johnnie O. Markham Armored Gunner

S/Sgt. Richard E. Carton Armored Gunner

S/Sgt. John B. van Valkenburg Radar Operator

 

Ralph was KIA during the Mission to Iwo-Jima when the plane was shot by Enemy Fighters and crashed on Feb. 8, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

Ralph is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the missing.

 

Thanks to http://11thbombgroup.org/ Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

26th Bomber Squadron
11th Bomber Group
B-24
North West Airfield, Guam
Aerial Gunner Badge
His rank Second Lieutenant