44-49062         MACR 12990

 

On 11 March 1945 a C-109, # 44-49062, (B-24 variant – Express Liberator – fuel hauls), assigned to 10th Air Force, 1347th AAF Base Unit, Shamshernager, India, departed the airfield for a mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengtu, China. The crew was:

                                          Pilot                 Capt. Albert D. Wickett                       0-420406

                                          Co-Pilot           2ndLt Eugene E. Dietrich                    0-2067471

                                          Radio Oper.     SSgt Ralph W. Van Weren                   15069925

                                          Crew Chief      SSgt Virgil E. Lindburg                        7060424

The next-of-kin were:

                         Wickett                        Martha D. Wickett, W, 305 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, Mich.

                         Dietrich           Marion J. Dietrich, W, 4117 W. 219th St., Rocky River, OH

                         Lindburg          Mescal M. Lindburg, W, Rte 2, Covington, IN

                         Van Weren      Mary Van Weren, M, 1247 Western Ave., Toledo, OH

 

WICKETT. ALBERT DEFOREST, JR., Captain, # 0- 420406, USAAF

 

Albert D. Wickett Jr. was born on 11 May 1916 in Michigan to Dr. Albert D. Wickett, M.D. (1889-1934) and Mary Ayrd (Archer) Wickett (1889-1983) (married 20 September 1913, Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Co., Mich.). A sibling was Elizabeth Ayrd Wickett (1914-2009). Living with them in 1920 was his maternal grandmother, Myrna Jeanette (Ewing) Archer (1857-    ). He was married to Martha D. Wickett and they had a daughter.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Detroit, Michigan, on 25 November 1940. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator (C-109 variant, the Express Liberator). He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 11 March 1945 a C-109, # 44-49062, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1347th AAF Base Unit, Shamshernager, India, departed the airfield for a mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengtu, China. The C-109 crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.