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Albert Porter

Sergeant (Sep.) Albert Porter is a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who served on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers between 1942 and 1945.  He initially trained as a radio operator, but because of his short stature, he was redesignated as a ball turret gunner.  Porter was stationed in England as a member of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force where his unit flew missions throughout the European theater of operations.  Porter narrowly escaped death on his first mission when his B-17 was riddled with flak; however, he went on to complete 10 more missions.  Porter earned an Achievement Medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, a Unit Citation and a Good Conduct Medal.  Of his experience flying missions over Europe, he said, “You have no idea the awesome power of thousands of bombers at the same time…but I was there and part of the greatest Air Force ever created.  There will never be an Air Force like it.”  Porter currently resides in Savannah, Ga.

Photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch

Sergeant (Sep.) Albert Porter is a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who served on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers between 1942 and 1945.  He initially trained as a radio operator, but because of his short stature, he was redesignated as a ball turret gunner.  


Porter was stationed in England as a member of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force where his unit flew missions throughout the European theater of operations.  Porter narrowly escaped death on his first mission when his B-17 was riddled with flak; however, he went on to complete 10 more missions.  Porter earned an Achievement Medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, a Unit Citation and a Good Conduct Medal.  


Of his experience flying missions over Europe, he said, “You have no idea the awesome power of thousands of bombers at the same time…but I was there and part of the greatest Air Force ever created.  There will never be an Air Force like it.”  Porter currently resides in Savannah, Ga.