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1Lt Herbert Edman
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1Lt Herbert Edman Veteran

Birth
Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA
Death
26 May 1945 (aged 30)
Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Monument
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA Add to Map
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Herbert Edman was born April 24, 1915 in Manhattan, New York to Frieda (nee Zempliner) and Leo Edman. He had sister named Shirley (1919–2001). After attending 4 years of college Herbert was enlisted into the Army on 29 September 1942 at Fort Jay on Government Island in New York Harbor Army Serial Number 32514558. After basic training and qualification testing Herbert was selected for the Aviation Cadet program, completing pre-flight ground school, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant Army Serial Number O-868105 in the Army Air Forces.On 6 March 1944 he graduated with Class No. 25 from Flight Engineering School at Lowey Field Denver Colorado. He was then assigned to the 17th Bombardment Operational Training Wing at Clovis Army Air Field, New Mexico undergoing B-29 aircraft operational combat crew training and was assigned to the Capt Hahn crew, 870th Squadron, 497th Bomb Group in training at Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas.During September 1944 Herbert along with his crew and the 497th Bomb Group deployed to their new home base at Isely Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands assigned as a component of the 73rd Bomb Wing, 21st Bomber Command, 20th Air Force.On 27 January 1945 Herbert was Flight Engineer aboard B-29, Serial Number 42-63423 with the Capt Hahn crew, group identifier A-Square-28, named ‘WERE WOLF’. The target for today was the Musashino aircraft engine factory located in the western district of Tokyo. During the bomb run their aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and was hit in the bomb bay area causing fire and an eventual explosion causing the plane to break into two pieces. Although no survivors were observed by the other B-29s, seven did bailed out, but three had parachute malfunctions, four landed and were captured and sent to Tokyo. Sgt Myhra died of his burn wounds on February 10th in Saitama Prefecture Army hospital. Lt Edman, Capt Hahn, and Lt Redinger were killed 26 May 1945 during the Tokyo Military Prison fire caused by the incendiary fire bombing mission of 21st Bomber Command on the night of 25/26 May 1945.The remains of Edman, Hahn and Redinger were recovered and identified from a mass grave at the Tokyo Military Prison site. The current location of remains of these three Airmen remains unclear.Capt Hahn crew complement aboard B-29, 42-63423 on 27 January 1945 was as follows:Captain Elmer G. Hahn (AC) O-478847 (POW, KIA) Idaho Falls, ID2nd Lt. Eugene J. Redinger (P) O-683059 (POW, KIA) NJ2nd Lt. Robert C. Frazier (N) O-696081, KIA1st Lt. Harry Lowe, Jr. (B) O-683150 (KIA) Blackstone, VA1st Lt Herbert Edman (FE) O-868105 (POW, KIA) NYS/Sgt William J. Kennedy, Jr. (CFC Gunner) 31361062, (KIA) MASgt Clifford A. Myhra (G) 16119171 (WIA, POW, died 10 Feb 1945) NDSgt Joseph F. Barr, (G) 35097114, (KIA) INS/Sgt Lowell E. Lovvorn (Radar) 34334018, (KIA) MIS/Sgt William Overmire, Jr. (Radio) 16119171, (KIA) MISgt Chester C. Cyran (TG) 11108368, (KIA) MABio by Scott Muselin,
Herbert Edman was born April 24, 1915 in Manhattan, New York to Frieda (nee Zempliner) and Leo Edman. He had sister named Shirley (1919–2001). After attending 4 years of college Herbert was enlisted into the Army on 29 September 1942 at Fort Jay on Government Island in New York Harbor Army Serial Number 32514558. After basic training and qualification testing Herbert was selected for the Aviation Cadet program, completing pre-flight ground school, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant Army Serial Number O-868105 in the Army Air Forces.On 6 March 1944 he graduated with Class No. 25 from Flight Engineering School at Lowey Field Denver Colorado. He was then assigned to the 17th Bombardment Operational Training Wing at Clovis Army Air Field, New Mexico undergoing B-29 aircraft operational combat crew training and was assigned to the Capt Hahn crew, 870th Squadron, 497th Bomb Group in training at Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas.During September 1944 Herbert along with his crew and the 497th Bomb Group deployed to their new home base at Isely Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands assigned as a component of the 73rd Bomb Wing, 21st Bomber Command, 20th Air Force.On 27 January 1945 Herbert was Flight Engineer aboard B-29, Serial Number 42-63423 with the Capt Hahn crew, group identifier A-Square-28, named ‘WERE WOLF’. The target for today was the Musashino aircraft engine factory located in the western district of Tokyo. During the bomb run their aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft and was hit in the bomb bay area causing fire and an eventual explosion causing the plane to break into two pieces. Although no survivors were observed by the other B-29s, seven did bailed out, but three had parachute malfunctions, four landed and were captured and sent to Tokyo. Sgt Myhra died of his burn wounds on February 10th in Saitama Prefecture Army hospital. Lt Edman, Capt Hahn, and Lt Redinger were killed 26 May 1945 during the Tokyo Military Prison fire caused by the incendiary fire bombing mission of 21st Bomber Command on the night of 25/26 May 1945.The remains of Edman, Hahn and Redinger were recovered and identified from a mass grave at the Tokyo Military Prison site. The current location of remains of these three Airmen remains unclear.Capt Hahn crew complement aboard B-29, 42-63423 on 27 January 1945 was as follows:Captain Elmer G. Hahn (AC) O-478847 (POW, KIA) Idaho Falls, ID2nd Lt. Eugene J. Redinger (P) O-683059 (POW, KIA) NJ2nd Lt. Robert C. Frazier (N) O-696081, KIA1st Lt. Harry Lowe, Jr. (B) O-683150 (KIA) Blackstone, VA1st Lt Herbert Edman (FE) O-868105 (POW, KIA) NYS/Sgt William J. Kennedy, Jr. (CFC Gunner) 31361062, (KIA) MASgt Clifford A. Myhra (G) 16119171 (WIA, POW, died 10 Feb 1945) NDSgt Joseph F. Barr, (G) 35097114, (KIA) INS/Sgt Lowell E. Lovvorn (Radar) 34334018, (KIA) MIS/Sgt William Overmire, Jr. (Radio) 16119171, (KIA) MISgt Chester C. Cyran (TG) 11108368, (KIA) MABio by Scott Muselin,

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Entered the service from New York.




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