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Albert G. Wackerman--WW-II--KIA--France

Albert G. Wackerman--WW-II--KIA--France

Posted: 1082683847000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1160766254000
Looking for any relatives of S/Sgt. Albert G. Wackermann, b. S.F., grewup in Santa Cruz. Sgt. Wackermann was the ball turret gunner aboard a B-17 bomber stationed at Ridgewell Field, Essex England (381st. Bomb Group) in WW-II. The 381st deployed to England from the U.S. in May 1943. Sgt. Wackermann was killed in action when his plane was shot down near LeMans, France on 4 July 1943. He is buried at the Ardennes American Military Cemetery at Neupre, Belgium.

Mr. Wackerman was the son of Theodore and Delia Wackerman who operated a bakery in Santa Cruz in the 1920-30's.

The son of the pilot of that aircraft is editing a history of the events. I would like to include a biography and picture of Sgt. Wackermann in the final manuscript. I will provide a copy of the work to any person who can make a contribution to this project.

Thank you.

W.B. Carah

Re: Albert G. Wackerman--WW-II--KIA--France

Posted: 1083010292000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1129437060000
Surnames: Wackerman
From the "World War II Service Cardinal 1948"
(published by Santa Cruz High School)
Albert Wackerman
Albert was born August 7, 1915, in San Francisco, Calif. He entered SCHS in the spring of 1929, and while in school he took a scientific course and graduated with the class of 1933. While in school he was a member of the Hi Tow Tong, Lettermen's Society, secretary-treasurer of the sophomore class in 1930, boy's athletic manager, and manager of track in 1930 and 1931.
In 1940, Albert served in the Merchant Marine on the U.S. Army transports. He entered the Army Air Corps April 20, 1942, and trained at the following places: The Flexible Gunnery School, Florida, where he graduated with high honors; Radio School, Salt Lake City, Utah; Blythe Field, Blythe, Calif; Pyote, Tex., and Pueblo, Calif. He was sent to England with the Eighth Air Force and was stationed there May, 1943. When in the service he participated in 15 missions.
Albert lost his life July 5, 1943, while on a mission over LeMans, France. At the time of his death he was a Staff Sergeant and the turret gunner and radio operator on a V-17 bomber. The Purple Heart was awarded to him by General H.A. Arnold and he also received the Presidential Citation.
Albert was the son of Mrs. Delia Wackerman of 344 Central Ave., Salinas, Calif.
From the 1929 Santa Cruz City Directory
Wackerman Adele r10 Pennsylvania av
" Theo (Delia) (Wackerman's Bakery) h10 Pennsylvania av
Wackerman's Bakery (Theo Wackerman) 339 Soquel av
[Transcribed by Robert Lemmon Jr,]
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