Edward served as a Sergeant & Gunner on B-24H #41-28894, 747th Bomber Squadron, 456th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Hillsborough County, Florida prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 14, 1942 at Camp Blanding, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
Edward was "Killed In Action", while on a bombing mission, when his B-24 was shot down by German Anti-Aircraft and crashed near Wiener Neustadt, Austria during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in France and was later repatriated here on December 12, 1951.
Service # 14085943
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Airmen who perished on B-24H #41-28894:
Berreen, Charles W ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Clark, Richard R ~ Capt, Pilot, CA
Grella, Marion A ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NE
Hoffman, Harry D ~ S/Sgt, Radio/Gunner, NY
Ritchey, Wayne C ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, IA
Ward, Edward C ~ Sgt, Gunner, FL
Williams, Marvin J ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, IA
Wilt, Albert R ~ 2nd Lt, Passenger, NY
Airmen who became POW's: B-24H #41-28894:
Allen, James K ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, OK
Bowlan, David O ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, AR
Curry, Edward J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Lane, Lyle V ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, MS, "DOW"
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
Special thanks to:
John C. Anderson for submitting this record for bio updates!
SGT, 456 AAF BOMB GP WORLD WAR II
Ethel J. Ward
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