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2Lt Edward R French
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Birth: May 14, 1919
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1943, Papua New Guinea

Edward served as a Second Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24D #42-40886, 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 11, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a asbestos and insulation worker and also as Single, without dependents.

Edward was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 crashed near Mount Eiyawaiy and Engati in Morobe Province during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 0-734883

Edward's remains were recovered and identified in 2009. He is now interred in the Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania. " Click Here " for that record!


Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-40886:

Bode, Charles A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer/Gunner, Maryland
French, Edward R ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Pennsylvania
Heuss, Richard T ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Michigan
Kirkpatrick, Ivan O ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Engineer, California
Miller, Robert A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Tennessee
Moore, James B ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Massachusetts
Moran, James T ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, New York
Musgrave, William K ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Radio Operator, Illinois
Oliver, Lucian I, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Radar Operator, Tennessee
Streckenbach, Robert R, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, Wisconsin
Surabian, Roy ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, Massachusetts

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

Family links: 
  Louis L French (1896 - 1962)
  Marie P French (1895 - 1985)
  Edward R French (1919 - 1943)
  Edward R French (1919 - 1943)*
  Neil French (1922 - 1998)*
  Myrtle French Beute (1927 - 2014)*
  Nancy J French Clorley (1929 - 2008)*
  Sally A. French Yates (1933 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets Of The Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56767382
2Lt Edward R French
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2Lt Edward R French
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NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as Chester County, Pennsylvania...Finding Of Death...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Apr. 29, 2016

- Russ Pickett
 Added: Sep. 3, 2015
64th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group (Heavy)
- JimO
 Added: Jan. 4, 2015
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