Albert Hoffman

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Albert Hoffman

Death 30 May 1942 (aged 23)
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 40840467 · View Source
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June 4, 1942
Death claimed one of Ritzville's most brilliant young men, Pilot Officer Albert Hoffman of the royal Canadian Air Force, in a tragic airplane crash at Debert Camp, Nova Scotia, last Saturday morning.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoffman of Ritzville. The body will be shipped to Ritzville and is expected to arrive Sunday night. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but it is believed services will be held the forepart of next week. He was the first Ritzville man to be killed in service with the armed forces of the allied nations.

Pilot Officer Hoffman had been with the R.C.A.F. since May 7,1941, when he enlisted at Vancouver, B.C. He attempted to enlist in the U. S. Army Air corps but, tired of the "red tape" which he had to go through, chose the R.C.A.F. instead. In the short time in which he was in the R.C.A.F. he rose from a rank equivalent to that of a private in the U. S. army, to Pilot officer, which is equal to a lieutenant n the U. S. He received notification of his commission as a Pilot Officer while he was visiting his parents here last Christmas.

Albert Hoffman was born in Ritzville, June 30, 1918 and attended local schools, being graduated from Ritzville high school with the class of 1936. He entered the University of Washington that fall and attended three years before accepting assistant advertising manger of the Ellensburg daily record.

While working on the Ellensburg newspaper, he became interested in aviation and took a civilian pilot training course. While working on the newspaper, he had several articles published in national magazines. He also worked on the Snoqualmie and the Journal-Times at various times.

He was a member of the Philadelphia Congregational church of Ritzville.

No details of the accident which caused his death are avaiable yet, but an Assoicated Press dispatch from Nova Scotia said two others flying with Hoffman were injured seriously.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Carl and Lawrence, both in the armed forces; and four sisters, Mrs. Walt Athey and Mrs. Ted Derr of Ritzville; Laura Hoffman of Seattle and Mrs. Earl Wells of Lind.

Carl is attending an officers' training school in North Carolina and Lawrence is with the navy at San Francisco.

June 11, 1942

His many friends paid last tribute to Albert Hoffman at the funeral and impressive burial services Tuesday afternoon.

The brilliant 23-year-old Ritzville youth, who was a pilot officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, was killed in an airplane crash at Debert Camp, Nova Scotia, May 30. According to meager reports of the accident, his plane crashed into a tree as he was making a landing. Cause of the accident has not been determined. Two young flyers with him were seriously injured. Pilot Officer Hoffman was acting as an instructor.

Rev. H. Nuetzmann and Rev. R. Kirschenmann officiated at the funeral service. The two ministers, Carl Hoefel and Elmer Heimbigner composed a quartet that sang several beautiful songs. Dozen of floral pices gave proof of the high regard many had for Albert Hoffman.

The American legion post conducted brief graveside services, fired a salute over the grave and Legionnaire John T. A. Smith played Taps. A large British flag draped over the coffin was presented to the parents of the youthful flyer. As a special tribute, three airplanes from Geiger Field, Spokane, flew low over the cemetery and dipped their wings. Flight Lieutenant T. C. Howland, liaison officer representing Group Captain E. Purdin, commanding officer of the 31st O.T.U, Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada, accompanied the body from Canada to Ritzville and attended the funeral services.

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