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2LT Albert Hunt Bendix

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2LT Albert Hunt Bendix

Birth
New York, USA
Death 22 Dec 1943 (aged 27)
Burial Saddle Brook, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 70883510 View Source
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Lieut. Albert Hunt Bendix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bendix of 140 Riverside Drive, navigator of a B-17 in the Eighth Air Force and winner of the Air Medal, who was listed as missing in action Jan. 10, 1944, has been reported officially dead. He was 26 years old.

Albert was a crew member aboard B-17G 42-37773, of the 563rd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, piloted by 2 Lt. Webster M. Bull. This Flying Fortress bomber, nicknamed Full House, last seen with its #1 engine feathered, crashed into the Ijsselmeer, near Edam, Holland, shortly after the 388th's formation had dropped its bombs and was en route back to England.

Of the plane's ten crewmen, two men survived the war as POWs: Left waist gunner S/Sgt. John F. Rogowski, and tail gunner S/Sgt. Thomas F. Wesson, Jr, both of whom parachuted just before the aircraft landed at sea. The other eight crewmen parachuted at too low an altitude, or, succumbed to the very cold water.
Lieutenant Bendix was shot down over Muenster, Germany, on his eighth mission on Dec. 22, 1943. He had been associated with an insurance brokerage concern in this city. He entered the Army in 1940.
B-17G - #42-37773 - 22 Dec 1943 - Mission: Münster

32000161 - O-683894 - 2nd Lt. - Navigator - Albert Hunt Bendix - New York, Kings Co., NY - KIA
born: 1916, NY - died 22 Dec 1943 - Age 27
Enlistment: 28 Nov 1940, New York City, New York - Nativity: New York - Marital Status: Single
Mr. Harry Hunt Bendix (father), 140 Riverside Drive, New York, New York

26 Apr 1930 - US Census - Address: 417 623 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst Village, Hempstead Twp, Nassau Co., NY
Harry H. Bendix (Head) (Salesman) - Age 43-25 - born abt. 1887, PA
Olga J. Bendix (Wife) - Age 36-18 - born abt. 1894, Russia - 08 Jan 1964 - Age ~69
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Annette Bendix (daughter) - Age 17 - born abt. 1913, NY
Albert H. Bendix (son) - Age 13 - born 1916, NY - died 22 Dec 1943 - Age 27
Maxine Bendix (daughter) - Age 11 - born abt. 1919, NY
Harry T. Bendix (son) - Age 7 - born 31 Jan 1923, NY - died 18 Jun 1980, Oceanside, Nassau Co.,NY - Age 57
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Marriage: 17 Dec 1911, Brooklyn, NY - Mr. Harry H. Bendix and Ms. Olga J. Coyne
Theodore Bendix (grandfather) - musical director of "The Spring Maid" with Mizzi Hajos

Lt. Albert H. Bendix , was the Navigator on B-17 42-37773 "Full House"388th Bomb Group, which crashed into Lake IJsselmeer off Edam Holland. The body of navigator Lt. Albert H. Bendix was brought in here 5 months after the crash. He was laid down on the old boat-ramp ('ouwe Helling') and received a coffin there. A day later he was buried as 'Unknown English Airman' in Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. Later reburied in the USA....

Contributor: Michel Beckers (47419676) • [email protected]

The aircraft was recovered in 1966 in Holland, copy and paste the link below for details:
http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/150.html


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