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Capt Albert Wesley Gillespie
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1917
Beaver County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1945
Dallas County
Texas, USA

HISTORY: East Liverpool Review, East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., OH. February 1945

Youth Missing In Plane Crash

3 Men Wounded; Sergant Lost In Germany

A Chester High school graduate who became a captain in the air force was missing in a plane crash and three district men were listed as wounded in today's casualty roll. A local youth also is listed missing, while a Wellsville sergeant once reported missing has turned up injured instead.

Capt. Gillespie Missing

Capt. Albert Wesley Gillespie, a graduate of Chester High school and son of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Gillespie of Georgetown, was in a plane that crashed four and a half miles southwest of Love field, Dallas, Tex., late Wednesday afternoon. He was listed as missing. The war department did not reveal details of the mishap. The 28 - year - old pilot was the holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air medal, three Oak Leaf clusters and two Stars awarded him while serving overseas. Capt. Gillespie, who completed 35 missions over enemy territory, flew a B - 24 Liberator of the Eighth air force in England. He returned to the States in November and had been serving as an instructor for the last two weeks at Smyrna, Tenn. He was graduated from Chester High school in 1934 and was plant manager for the Amoco Co. at Ambridge, Pa., for four years before induction Sept. 25, 1942. He received his pilot wings and the commission of a second lieutenant at Moody field, Valdosta, Ga. He was assigned to duty in the European area in February, 1944. Along with his parents he has a brother, Pvt. Calvin Gillespie, in France.

OBITUARY: East Liverpool Review, East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., OH. February, 1945.

Body of Captain Found In Plane

Georgetown Man's Rites To Be Held This Week

Capt. Albert Wesley Gillespie was killed Wednesday when his plane crashed four and a half miles from Love field, Dallas, Tex., army officials informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Avery Gillespie, of Georgetown. The army said with customary caution in the first announcement of the mishap that Capt. Gillespie was missing. The plane had crashed in marshland, and it was presumed he might have landed in water or become lost in the swamps. But the wreckage was found Sunday morning at 11:30 and the body was recovered. Army officials said the body is being sent home and probably will arrive Wednesday in Pittsburgh for funeral services and burial. Capt. Gillespie, who was a pilot instructor at Smyrna, Tenn., for two weeks, returned to the States in November after completing 35 bombing missions in a B-24 Liberator based in England. A member of the 1934 graduating class of Chester High school, he was plant manager for the Amoco Co. at Ambridge, Pa., when he entered the army Sept. 25, 1942.

OBITUARY: East Liverpool Review, East Liverpool, Columbiana Co., OH. Thursday, 01 Mar 1945,

Flier's Funeral Will Be Sunday

Body Of Capt. Gillespie Due At Late Home Friday

The body of Capt. Albert Wesley Gillespie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Gillespie of near Hookstown, who was killed Feb. 21 when his plane crashed four and one - half miles from Love field, at Dallas Tex., will arrive here Friday morning. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Hookstown Presbyterian church by Rev. G. Stanley
Pugh, pastor of the Oakland Free Methodist church. Rev. William P. Jones, pastor of the Hookstown Free Methodist church, and Rev. Vernon Vandersall, pastor of the Hookstown Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Mill Creek Hill cemetery. Capt. Gillespie's body was not found until Sunday morning in the wreckage of his plane. He had been reported missing but a second telegram reported his death. He completed 35 bombing missions in a B-24 Liberator in England before being returned to the United States. He held the Distinguished Flying cross, the Air medal, three Oak Leaf clusters and two Stars for his service overseas. Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, Pfc. Calvin Gillispie, now in France. Friends may call Friday or Saturday night at the Gillespie home about a half mile north of Hookstown.

Allison lineage back to Thomas Allanson, English extraction, London.

Thomas Allanson/Mary Roberts
Charles Allanson/ ? Posey
Thomas Allison/Barbary Burch
Charles Allison/Barbara Moore
James Allison/Nancy ?
Thomas Allison/Mary Bailey
Robert B. Allison/Blanche Wilcoxen
John Wilcoxen Allison/Margaret Ellen Jackson
Mary Bell Allison/Abram Lyons
Bertha A. Lyon/Avery F. Gillespie
Albert Wesley Gillespie 
 
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 Parents:
  Bertha A. Lyon Gillespie (1890 - 1962)
 
 Sibling:
  Albert Wesley Gillespie (1917 - 1945)
  Calvin C. Gillespie (1920 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mill Creek Hill Cemetery
Hookstown
Beaver County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: George Alexander Allison...
Record added: Dec 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23452572
Capt Albert Wesley Gillespie
Added by: George Alexander Allison, Jr.
 
Capt Albert Wesley Gillespie
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Added by: George Alexander Allison, Jr.
 
 
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Lost in B-24J # 42-78701.
- Bob Markham
 Added: May. 27, 2010
World War II
- George Alexander Allison, Jr.
 Added: Sep. 1, 2009

- George Alexander Allison, Jr.
 Added: Sep. 1, 2009
 
 
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