Sep. 17, 1924 Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia, USA
Cousin through common ancestor, Frank M. Albrook
Pioneer flyer and explorer for the United States Air Service. Frank Albrook grew up in Delhi, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 1917 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was a member of the Iowa State University wrestling team.
After entering the United States Army Air Service Lieutenant Albrook was first assigned to the 7th Observation Squadron at France Field, Canal Zone in March 1921. In 1922 he assumed command of the 8th Air Park located at the Balboa Fill Landing Field near the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal. He was transferred in 1924 to Chanute Field in Illinois.
On August 12, 1924 Lieutenant Albrook was injured in the crash of the DeHavilland 4-B aircraft that he was piloting. He was later transferred to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. where he died on September 17, 1924 of injuries suffered in the crash.
On November 11, 1924, Armistice Day, the Balboa Fill Landing Field in the Panama Canal Zone was renamed Albrook Field in honor of Lieutenant Albrook, first commander of the site. It later became Albrook Air Force Base, the home of the United States Air Force Southern Command Headquarters and the 5700th Air Base Wing.