|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1905|
|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1944|
Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Eight air crew members of 166 Squadron were on board Avro Lancaster (#LL750) bomber when it took flight from its base at RAF Station Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire; the Lancaster was one of 323 ‘Lancs’ and 1 Mosquito aircraft which had set out on a night operation over Friedrichshaven in Germany. A German night fighter attacked the Lancaster, shooting it down and causing it to burn and crash on a hillside near Gräppelensee (Lake Gräppelen) in the Swiss Alps; six airmen perished in the crash and two others survived (POW).
The casualties of this incident were:-
RCAF Pilot Officer Oscar Jacob ALBRECHT,
RAFVR Sergeant William Gowland ANDERSON,
RAFVR Sergeant Francis Henry BATHMAKER,
RAFVR Flying Officer John Raymond BURTON,
RAF Warrant Officer Bertram Bernard NOBLE and
RAF Sergeant Maurice George SMITH.
A memorial plaque has been placed at the crash site. It reads:-
An die sechs englischen
Besatzungsmtglieder die am
28. April 1944 beim Absturz
Mit de Avro Lancaster
Den Tod fanden.“
of the six English
Who died on
28 April 1944 in the crash
of their Avro Lancaster.)
Rank: Pilot Officer
Trade: Air Gunner
Service Number: J/92032
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 101 RAF Squadron [MOTTO: Mens agitat molem (Mind over matter’)]
Son of Louis B. and Elizabeth Albrecht; husband of Julia O'Connor Albrecht of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pilot Officer Oscar Jacob Albrecht is commemorated on Page 235 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.
Vevey (Saint Martin's) Cemetery
District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut
Plot: Grave 93.
Created by: SJ Hearn
Record added: Jun 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91707855