THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY BRUCE CAISSIE, GRAND NEPHEW OF ALBERT LEBLANC
On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 3:40 PM, Bruce Caissie wrote:
Staff Sgt. Albert LeBlanc 1920 - 1973
Sgt. Leblanc served his Country during WW 2 from September 1942 until November 1945
The 8th Army Air Force 44th BG 506 Bomb Squadron (The Green-Nose Flying 8-Balls)
Assigned to the Crew of the RUBBER Check 506A/C#42-110023 as the LW Gunner
On the plane's second Mission of 25 (44th BG Mission #117) April 8,1944 it was shot down while on a raid of Brunswick Germany. The plane exploded In midair after being attacked by ME109s. All crew members bailed out sucessfully during their first jump and all were taken as Prisoners of War.
The Four Officers were taken to Stalag Luft 1 and the enlisted men were taken to Stalag 17B until the end of the war.
Sgt. LeBlanc was awarded the following medals for his service.
The Bronze Star,The Purple Heart,Air Medal and the WW 2 Victory.
His daughter Karen remembers her Father for the family and all this way. My Father was bigger than life to all of us when we were young, and at times, very strict. As an adult,I understand why.
The hell he endured and the ability to still be able to raise a family is beyond comprehension to me. His sense of humor is still with us and gets us through bad times.
I touched his casket at his Funeral. Love ya Dad. Not Forgotten Ever.