ALBERS, FRAZIER WALKER, Staff Sergeant, # 13049440, USAAF

 

Frazier W. Albers was born on 9 September 1916 in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, to Juergen Lueben Albers (1870-1938) IL) and Almarine “Allie” (Walker) Albers (1877-1942) (KS). Siblings were Cornelia (Albers) York (1905-1964) and John Juergen Albers (1912-1996).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 1700 Rhode Island NW, Washington, D.C., employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Raleigh, North Carolina, and described himself as 5’8”, 135 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He noted that he wore glasses. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 October 1943 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 41-12307, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 377th Transport Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yunnanyi, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The pilot, F.O. Marion C. Thomas, (promoted to First Lieutenant, 0-169668) survived the crash in the northern part of Burma at about 13,000’. The remainder of the crew did not survive. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Old Ludlow Cemetery, Laura, Miami Co., Ohio. A memorial marker is in the Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson Co., Tennessee. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

 

His father, born 13 August 1870, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant, Colorado Light Artillery, Co. A, during the Spanish-American War. He died 24 February 1938 and is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson Co., Tennessee (Sec. BB, Grave 16999).

 

His brother, John J. Albers, born 18 October 1913, served in the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant Junior Grade, during WWII. He died 1 January 1973 and is buried in the Old Ludlow Cemetery, Laura, Miami Co., Ohio.

CHRISTIAN, RALPH DONALD, Corporal, # 37333012, USAAF

 

Ralph D. Christian was born on 10 January 1921 in La Salle, Weld Co., Colorado, to Otto Julius Christian (1891-1965) and Lula B. (Bainbridge) Christian (1892-1956). Siblings were Edna Mae Christian (1909-1986), Carl George Christian (1911-1999), Otto J. Christian Jr. (1912-1962), Roland Clyde Christian (1916-1994), Lilly Dorothea (Christian) Buck (1923-2004), and Harold Wayne Christian (1926-1996).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, employed by the Union Pacific Railway, and described himself as 5’9”, 143 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his right leg. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando.