Albert J. Hands


Harriman, Rattan and Hands – L to R as captioned, at Beauvais

Crewmen on Stadtkyll mission:
Pilot – 1st Lt. Paul F. Michael (POW)
Co-pilot – 2nd Lt. Robert L. Weir (KIA)
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Vance I. McCormick (KIA)
Flight engineer/turret-gunner – SSgt. A.W. Harriman (KIA)
Radio/waist-gunner – SSgt. Albert J. Hands (KIA)
Armorer/tail-gunner – SSgt. James C. Rattan (KIA)

Bud & Plane – “Al” Hands at waist window

B26 haircut – L to R, SSgt. Rattan, SSgt. “Al” Hands

L to R, Bud, Arthur, Bill “Al” with father, brother


L to R, Bud, Grace, Bill “Al” with family

SSgt. Albert “Al” J. Hands

– SSgt Albert “Al” J. Hands, Brooklyn, NY
– Radio/waist-gunner
– 322nd BG/451st BS
– Active combat service: July “44”- January 1 “45”
– Air Medal with 6 Oakleaf clusters, Purple Heart (posthumously)
– Final airfield location: Beauvais-Tille, France (A-61)
– Tent # 21 “Duffy’s Tavern”
– Last mission: cross-roads at Stadtkyll, Germany on 1 Jan. 45
– Ship: B-26G-15-MA Marauder Serial  #44-67813/SS-P

My Uncle SSGT Albert J. Hands was KIA on 1/1/45 over Stadtkyll, Germany when at 2:45P local time, his ship was hit by a 88mm “Flak” burstand subsequently crashed – with results as shown below:

Last mission: cross-roads at Stadtkyll, Germany on 1 Jan. 45
– Ship: B-26G-15-MA Marauder Serial #44-67813/SS-P

Crewmen on Stadtkyll mission:
Pilot – 1st Lt. Paul F. Michael (POW)
Co-pilot – 2nd Lt. Robert L. Weir (KIA)
Bombardier – 2nd Lt. Vance I. McCormick (KIA)
Flight engineer/turret-gunner – SSgt. A.W. Harriman (KIA)
Radio/waist-gunner – SSgt. Albert J. Hands (KIA)
Armorer/tail-gunner – SSgt. James C. Rattan (KIA)

I would love to post a remembrance today, on New Year’s Day 2015, expressing my continued gratitude of his sacrifice.

Thank You!

James A. Hands