1923 - 1986 (63 years)
||Albert Leroy LOCKWOOD |
||Colon Cancer |
||BS, Drexel Univ, 1949 |
||Petro-chemical engineer |
||27 Oct 1986
||Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Camden, NJ
||1 Nov 1986
||Lakeview Memorial Park Cemetery, Cinnaminson, NJ
||24 May 2014 |
||Albert Leroy LOCKWOOD, b. 4 Jun 1889, New Jersey , d. 28 Jan 1942, Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey (Age 52 years) |
||Lily BOWERS, b. 17 Sep 1890, Burslem, Staffordshire, England , d. 1970, Pennsauken, Camden, NJ (Age 79 years) |
||9 Jan 1909
||Hopewell, NJ 
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||Joan Caroline TURSE, b. 1 Jul 1929, Hackensack Hospital, Bergen, NJ , d. 21 Jul 1979, Pennsauken, NJ (Age 50 years) |
||St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Montvale, NJ
||11 Oct 2016 00:41:51 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- During World War II, S/Sgt. Albert Lockwood was the tail gunner on the B29 "The City of Trenton". The crew must have really liked Al, since the aircraft was formerly “The City of Bakersfield”, and they renamed it in his honor. The plane was based on Guam in 1945. It went down off Iwo Jima after being delayed by a typhoon on return from a mission over Nagoya, Japan. Sumitomo Metals in Nagoya was the prime target. The crew all got out just fine, with Sgt McNeil breaking a leg after careening off of a tent on the ground . The crew flew 25 missions and were awarded the Distinguished Unit Commendation and 2 air medals each. Aircraft was one of the 20th Air Force's 314th Bomb Wing. The aircrew was: Crew #14 1st Lt John L. Randolph, Aircraft Commander, 28th Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, 314th Wing; F/O Billy R. Huffman, Navigator 1st Lt Bernard Van Arkel; Bombardier 2d Lt William E McFain; Radio Officer 1st Lt Joseph E. Jamieson; Flight Engineer F/O Thomas Adams , R T/Sgt Lloyd B. Ford; CFC T/Sgt Kenneth G. Aiken; Right Gunner S/Sgt Joseph H. Alves; Right Gunner S/Sgt William R McNeill; Right Gunner S/Sgt Harry D. McCluskey; Left Gunner S/Sgt Chester E. Williams; and Tail Gunner S/Sgt Albert L. Lockwood.
The crew assembled at Lincoln AAB NB, Oct ’44. Crew training was at Pyote AAB TX and Clovis AAB, NM during period from Nov to Mar ’44. The crew was sent to Kearney AAB NB, Mar ’45, issued new clothing and combat equipment items plus a new B-29 aircraft. The crew flew the new aircraft for 2-3 flights for testing and instrument calibration; then flew to Mather Field, Sacemento, CA, for some new modifications. The crew departed for overseas, made overnight stops at Honolulu and Kwajalean and arrived North Field, Guam, April 10, 1945. Once in Guam, the airplane was reassigned to a more senior crew , and the crew got the old “City of Bakersfield” to be reworked and renamed the “City of Trenton”. Al was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the heroism he displayed in the missions executed during the war.
A complete narrative of the mission, compiled by Darrell Landau is posted on our family genealogy website under Histories.
After the war he attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where he earned his degree in mechanical and petro-chemical engineering. He also met his future wife, Joan Caroline Turse, while in college. They were married in 1949 and subsequently had four children, two which died in infancy. Albert worked at the Naval Jet Propulsion Lab in Philadelphia, PA and Trenton, NJ. During his long and very successful career as an engineer, he played a major role in the development of synthetic oil for use in high performance military aircraft; and was instrumental in helping develop the Harrier, renowned for its use in the Falklands War, and many advanced helicopters. Much time was spent abroad in Scotland working with Rolls Royce on engine development for these aircraft. He was a long time resident of Pennsauken, NJ, a very loving father and animal lover