The servicemen lost aboard the C47B transport when it crashed into the Bay of Bengal left behind loved ones, including wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The remains of those lost and the crash site have never been found and, unfortunately, is unlikely to be found. Some thought it crashed on land but, the land was well searched and has been subjected to decades of severe flooding and silt deposits. The Bay of Bengal is quite large. More than eight hundred (800+) search sorties were flown in an effort to locate the aircraft; all for naught. It seems that memory and honor is what we have to remember them, their sacrifice and their honorable service, by.
ALBINSON, NORMAN ELLSWORTH "RED," Sergeant, Service # 13176804, Army Air Force
Norman E. Albinson Sr., Age 25
Sergeant Norman E. "Red" Albinson, SVC # 13176804
Norman Ellsworth Albinson was born on 4 November, 1922, while his parents and sister, Bernice, lived at 1024 Princess Ave in the Parkside part of Camden, New Jersey. His father work as an Asst. Engineer on the S.S. Iroquoius and as an engineer on the Camden-Philadelphia Ferry. Red enlisted 5 December 1942 in Pennsylvania and was trained as an aerial photographer and radio operator, completing training at an Army A.F. base near Pueblo, CO. He was assigned to the 374th Bombardment Squadron of the 14th Air Force 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy). He was flying in B-24J (Tail # 42-73312) when it crashed in Burma 27 November 1943. He and most of his crew were captured by the Japanese forces and imprisoned at the infamous Rangoon Prison Camp, where he died on or about 18 August 1944. His remains were one of this recovered by Graves Registration and crated for return to the U.S. when the C47B crashed into the Bay of Bengal and all aboard were lost. He was survived by his parents and Bernice. Chris, daughter of Bernice, provided information and images to honor him.