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Young Albert Louis

Albert Louis  Young
Second Lieutenant
Serial Number:
100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group
Date of Death:
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial Saint-Avold, France
Purple Heart

Albert L. Young was born on October 13, 1921 and was from Memphis, Tennessee. He was a Tuskegee Airmen flying with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group “Red Tails” during WW2.

From the Website:
Tuskegee airman’s crash:
United States Air Force Second Lieutenant Albert Louis Young flew on Jan. 21, 1945 with his unit (100 FS, 332 FG) an escort mission with the heavy bombers of the 5 BW to Vienna. Unfortunately he never came back from this mission and about 00:30 pm he crashed with his Mustang P-51C-10-NT, S/N 42-103454 ‘Daisy Mae” between the villages Blucina and Opatovice in Brno region and the pilot lost his life. Because the crash site of his machine was about 65 miles away from the expected area of the operations the reason of this accident is still unclear. Because of the fact that the pilot’s body was found out of the wreckage with an unopened parachute , one of the reasons of this unfortunate event could have been a malfunction of the oxygen supply system followed by the loss of consciousness of the pilot. The plane could then gradually descend, and when descending to the lower flight level, the pilot could wake up and bail out just before the impact. But because of the low altitude his parachute couldn´t deploy and the pilot was killed by the hard hit. The black skin pilot with broken head was found on the field approximately 1000 yards away from his machine crash site. One day later, on Jan. 22, 1945, 2/Lt Albert L. Young was buried at the local cemetery in Blucina. On Sept. 17, 1946 his body was exhumed by the American exhumation units and transferred to the Lorraine American Cemetery close to St. Avold, France, where Albert rests till today. In memory of Albert L. Young in early 90’s there was unveiled a stone monument in Blucina, but by a mistake with the wrong first letter in his middle name and missing “u” in his surname.
Albert L. Young was born on October 13, 1921 in Memphis, Tennessee. He lived with his mother Hazeline at the address 500 S. Wellington Street, Memphis, Tennessee. There is nothing known about his possible siblings so far. After graduation at the high school he worked at Peabody hotel at Mephis as a waiter. He enlisted in 1943, was trained at the known airbase in Tuskegee in Alabama and completed the training, as a member of the class 44-C-SE on March 12, 1944. From May to June 1944 he served at the 324 FG based in Pignataro, Italy and from July 1944, when 99 FS, 100 FS, 301 FS and 302 FS formed a new 332 FG, he was assigned to this unit, specifically to its 100 FS based in Ramitelli, Italy. This unit whose both flying and ground personel was created by the afro-american soldiers, is known as “Tuskegee Airmen“.
New memorial unveiling:
On January 21, 2018, exactly 73 years after Albert lost his young life at Blucina, there was an commemorative unveiling of the new plague in his memory. This palgue will always and forever remind to the new generations the sacrifice of the soldiers who didn’ t hesitate to put and even lose their own life fot the peace in this world. The commemoration was attended by the members of the council, U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Officer Col. Mark Wootan , Czech army military chaplain, firemen unit, a honor guard unit, military veteran car club guys with their Jepp Willises vozidel se svými vozidly Jeeps Willys, members of the Brno museum and the Aier Battle Over White Carpathians assn members helped with the event organization. Many people attended the ceremony and not only local, but also from the farther distances. The commemoration was very nice, also thanks to the nice weather for this period of the year.
The memorial unveiling had also great interest in the United States, specifically at the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.