Albert P. Gilsdorf Jr., 98, World War II bomber pilot and POW

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Albert P. Gilsdorf Jr., 98, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Thursday, June 16, 2016. Al was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1918 and grew up in Shenandoah and Roanoke.

He received a B.A. degree from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg. He later served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II as a bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force. During a mission in April 1944, his plane was shot down over Belgium. All of the crew survived, and he spent a year as a POW in eastern Germany before being liberated near Munich in 1945. After the war, he returned to Virginia and married Pauline Mason. They settled in Norfolk. He had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Norfolk for over 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Mason Gilsdorf; and eldest son, Herbert Wall Gilsdorf.

Survivors include his sons, Albert Philip Gilsdorf III, Frederick Allen Gilsdorf and Warren Lee Gilsdorf; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A family graveside service will be held Friday, June 24, in Roanoke.

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