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1Lt Edward J. Speers
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Birth: unknown
Death: Oct. 31, 1944, At Sea

Pilot 1st/Lt. Edward J. Speers MIA/KIA
Hometown: New York
Squadron: 701st 445th Bomb Group
Service# O-819198
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Target: Non - Operational Sortie
MACR # 10160
Mission Date: 31-Oct-44
Serial Number: #44-40294
Aircraft Model B-24J
Aircraft Letter: C
Aircraft Name: " Slossie "
Location: Unknown At Sea
Cause: Unknown Probably Icing crew of 8MIA/KIA

The story of a diary maintained by Charles Moran, the co-pilot in the 701st Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group was broadcast on PBS History detectives. Very poignant and interesting show relating to this crew and their disappearance.

Speers's plane and it's crew disappeared on a routine training mission on October 31st, 1944. They were part of a 30 plane practice mission. Weather was overcast from 600' to 8,000' with light icing reported by the crews at debriefing. Nothing was ever heard from the crew after takeoff. No distress or Mayday call - no wreckage or bodies recovered - and none of the flight path was supposed to be over the Channel.

Lt. Speers Crew
1st/Lt. Edward J. Speers Pilot
1st/Lt. William H. Moran Jr. Co Pilot
1st/Lt. William H. Moran Jr. Co Pilot
1st/Lt. Robert K. Rouse
T/Sgt. Robert M. Dickey
T/Sgt. Robert M. Dickey
T/Sgt. James R. Byars
S/Sgt. Robert A. Dittmar
S/Sgt. Albert J. Clark
S/Sgt. William A. Morris  
Note: Entered the service from New York.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56294561
1Lt Edward J. Speers
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- Love, Edie ღ
 Added: Nov. 17, 2014

- Love, Edie ღ
 Added: Nov. 14, 2014
Remembering you on this Memorial Weekend 2014
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