The Chico Enterprise
February 3, 1945
Lt. David Albrecht Killed in Action
Lieutenant David F. Albrecht has been killed
in action over Germany according to word received in Chico last
night by his wife, Mrs. Patricia Albrecht, of Sycamore Street, Chico,
Lt. Albrecht had been previously reported missing in action.
His parents, Rev. and Mrs. Louis M. Albrecht live in Scribner, Nebraska.
They received the telegram from the War Department and then notified
his wife, the former Patricia Hendrix of Chico. A two months
old daughter, Nancy Jean, also survives. Lt. Albrecht was
a pilot and formerly stationed at Chico Army Air Field, prior to
that he was a student of Doane University of civil engineering.
He enlisted two months before graduation into the Army Air Forces.
Twenty missions had been completed by the pilot when his plane,
a B-17 was reported shot down only three members of the crew survived
the crash and they are now prisoners of war in Germany. Lt.
Albrecht had left instructions that if anything happened to him
he wanted his wife to be notified by his parents. This was
in consideration of her feelings and physical welfare and that of
her then unborn daughter. Mrs. Albrecht lives with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Hendrix, in Chico.
Oroville Mercury Register
July 25, 1941
From the Editorial Page, Dan L.
Beebe, Editor and Publisher, George Wangelin, City Editor
Japan, By its Move, Dares The U. S.
Japan has done the unexpected – has practically
dared the United States to act. And there is every evidence that
the U. S. will act in an economic way to make Japan’s Action unprofitable,
even costly. Few thought that Japan would take dictation from
Germany to the extent of embroiling itself with the U. S in the
Pacific. Our administration thought there was a long chance
that Japan would not move southward, and so, to help prevent such
a move, kept on feeding oil to Japan so that it would not seem necessary
to Japan to take the oil of the East Indies. Now we may expect a
hard attitude on the part of the U. S. It probably will
shut off oil to Japan, and if this is done there will be trouble,
for Japan must have oil and the East Indies is the only other place
where it can be obtained. We will not remain a mere spectator
while that seizure is attempted. So the train of events that Japan
has started may soon lead us into a real war. Having gone
this far, Japan probably will go further. It appears clear
that Japan has decided that if the U.S. must be antagonized the
time to do it is now, before we reach our full strength and while
we are facing both ways. Japan seemingly has decided to go
on with her policy to control Asiatic waters. This would mean
elimination of Britain there as well as the United States.
If this analysis is correct, war is the only outcome, and that means
war very soon.
Oroville Mercury Register
July 11, 1941
Mine Field Laid In Bay Waters
San Francisco – U.P. – The navy department revealed
today it had laid a mine field at the entrance to San Francisco
bay and had placed a submarine net inside the bay just west of Alcatraz
island. Navy authorities declined to amplify the brief warning
to mariners to “stay well clear” of the areas, but when questioned
a week ago about the reported mine laying, declared they were “practice”
Stu’s Notes: I’m assuming Young Hero, Lt.
David F. Albrecht was sent to Chico Army Air Field for further advanced
Pilot training, although I imagine that he went else ware for B-17
Flight Training and then off to War and died about 3 months before
the War’s end. I would think he was in Chico only a short
while, fell in love with a young Chico girl, got married,
baby soon on the way and then gone. This scenario was repeated
many times in America’s History of Wars. The price of our
freedom is way more than money. It has come to be this way
through out our History and will continue to be so way into the
future, as there will always be people who want what they want by
Oroville Mercury owner and Editor Dan Beebe
never cease’s to amaze me in his predictions. Why didn’t the Powers
to be listen to these men? Did they not see “The writing on
the Wall”? We should have been better prepared.
It was well known that the Germans had already sunk two of our destroyers.
The Japanese were harassing our ships in the South Pacific, before
the war, I’ve been told.