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Lieut Earl Henry Bond
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1919
Death: Mar. 8, 1944

Casualty of World War II

First Lieutenant
United States AAF
352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force AAF

Died in the crash of his P-47 Thunderbolt near Bracon Ash, England.

On 8 March 1944, Lt. Bond's unit, the 352nd Fighter Group, was to help provide fighter escort for a group of over 600 bombers headed to Berlin (Mission 69). At the onset of the mission, two fighters in formation ahead of Bond collided in overcast conditions and crashed. It is believed the midair collision sent debris towards Lt. Bond's plane which caused him to crash as well.


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Allentown Morning Call - 12 July 1948
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Memorial services for 1st Lt. Earl Henry Bond, of Topton, who was killed March 8, 1944, when the bomber he was piloting crashed in England, will be conducted Saturday afternoon in Longswamp church. Born in Topton, the 24-year-old pilot was a son of Paul W. And Millie M. (Reifinger) Bond. A graduate of Topton and Kutztown High schools, he was employed, prior to induction into the Army, as a draftsman at Atlas Mineral Products Co., Mertztown. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church, Longswamp, and a charter member of the Kutztown Aero club. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces Jan. 29, 1941, and was commissioned at Napier field, Alabama, Jan. 14, 1943. He was awarded the third Oak Leaf cluster to his air medal for missions in which he participated with the 8th Air Force. Surviving are his parents and the following brothers and sisters, Amy M., wife of Lee Trexler, Topton; William F., Kutztown; Carl R., Mineola, L.I.; Lee C., at home; Esther M., wife of Rocco Savant, Rexmont; Paul W. Jr., Allen Bond Romig and Mae, wife of Elmer Moyer, all of Mertztown R. 1.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Paul William Bond (1893 - 1979)
  Lillie May Reifinger Bond (1895 - 1975)
 
 Siblings:
  Mae Elizabeth Miller Moyer (1917 - 1988)**
  Earl Henry Bond (1919 - 1944)
  William F. Bond (1922 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Longswamp Union Cemetery
Mertztown
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Longswamp
Record added: Sep 17, 2010
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Lieut Earl Henry Bond
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