U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant
John Ewing Albaugh
Winner, South Dakota
September 21, 1915 – May 9, 1942
John Ewing Albaugh was the
son of R.D. Albaugh and Mabel Gilmore Albaugh. John had a brother named Redman
G. Albaugh. John was born in Linn County, IA, on Sept. 21, 1915, and later
moved to Winner where he attended school. He was active in sports at Winner
High School. He loved playing football. John attended South Dakota State
College and graduated in 1940. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in
Civil engineering, and he was never married. John loved riding motorcycles and
toured the country via cycle with friends.
John Albaugh enlisted with
flying cadets in July of 1940. 2nd Lt. Albaugh underwent basic
training in Santa Maria, California. Lt. Albaugh also was at Kelly Field in
Texas for additional training. Lt. Albaugh was stationed in Savannah, Georgia,
where his parents visited him during the holidays. Later, Lt. Albaugh was
stationed in Charters Towers Airbase in Queensland, Australia. John enjoyed
flying the A-20 bombers.
On May 9, 1942, in
Queensland, Australia, 2nd Lt. Albaugh died in a plane crash during
practice flights. Lt. Albaugh was buried with full military honors in Charters
Towers Airbase Cemetery in Queensland, Australia. The telegram notifying of his
death came on Mother’s Day, 39 days later. Lt. Albaugh’s final resting place
became Cedar Memorial Park, Cedar Rapids, IA, on March 30, 1948. He was
survived by his mother, father, and his brother—all who lived in Winner at the
time, but who are now all deceased.
2nd Lt. Albaugh
made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and I thank him for the sacrifice
This entry was respectfully submitted by Ryan R.
Shippy, 7th grade, Colome Jr. High School, Colome, South Dakota,
April 1, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Jean Albaugh, Winner,
South Dakota, niece of 2nd Lieutenant John E. Albaugh.