ERDMAN, ALBERT JOSEPH, Private First Class, # 33272175, USAAF
Albert J. Erdman was born on 9 June 1908 in Erie, Pennsylvania, to Paul C. Erdman (1882- ) (Berlin, Germany – arrival 1893) and Elizabeth (Shay) Erdman (1880-1954) (PA). Siblings included Paul C. Erdman Jr. (1907-1920), Raymond Eugene Erdman (1914-1995), and Frank Charles “Frank” Erdman (1916-1997).
He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided at 2525 Peach St., Erie, Erie Co., PA, employed by Ben Bader, Contractor, and described himself as 5’10”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Erie, Pennsylvania, on 13 June 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 December 1944 a C-87, # 44-39277, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, B Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a return flight to Kunming, China. It was known to be over Kunming at about 0500 Zulu. On 3 January 1945 a report was sent: Per radiogram from Tezpur, India, quoting radiogram from China Wing Hq, the crashed C-87 was found 25 miles north of Kunming, China. The pilot, co-pilot and crew chief’s bodies were located and buried at Kunming, China. Another radiogram reported that the body of radio operator Zuber was found and buried at Kunming. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon Co., Illinois (Sec. C, Grave 341).
His brother, Frank C. Erdman, born 19 March 1916, served in the U.S, Army from 4 June 1945 to 24 June 1946. He died 21 February 1997.