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 Oscar Jacob Albrecht

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Oscar Jacob Albrecht

  • Birth 24 Feb 1905 Kitchener, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 28 Apr 1944 Wahlkreis Toggenburg, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
  • Burial Vevey, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland
  • Plot Grave 93.
  • Memorial ID 91707855

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:-
“Zum Gedenken
An die sechs englischen
Besatzungsmtglieder die am
28. April 1944 beim Absturz
Mit de Avro Lancaster
Den Tod fanden.“
(In memory
of the six English
Aircrew members
Who died on
28 April 1944 in the crash
of their Avro Lancaster.)

Military Service:
Rank: Pilot Officer
Trade: Air Gunner
Service Number: J/92032
Age: 39
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 101 RAF Squadron [MOTTO: Mens agitat molem (Mind over matter’)]

P/O Albrecht was added to the aircrew at the last minute as he was Special Operations Officer who could speak German and the wireless equipment installed in the aircraft would require such an expert.

A blacksmith/compounder by trade and residing on Barnesvale Avenue in Long Branch, Ontario, Canada, he enlisted on 11 Nov 1939 in Toronto, Ontario.

Son of the late Louis Balthaser and Elizabeth (née Scharlach) Albrecht; husband of Julia Elizabeth (née O'Connor) Albrecht of Toronto.

Pilot Officer Oscar Jacob Albrecht is commemorated on Page 235 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.


Family Members


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  • Created by: SJ Hearn
  • Added: 10 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91707855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oscar Jacob Albrecht (24 Feb 1905–28 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91707855, citing Vevey (Saint Martin's) Cemetery, Vevey, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland ; Maintained by SJ Hearn (contributor 46864594) .