Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until July 29, 1944, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.
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Ernest served as a Staff Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17F "Exterminator" #42-30150, 412nd Bomber Squadron, 95th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Addison County, Vermont prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on September 16, 1942 in Rutland, Vermont. He was noted as being employed as a General farmer and also as Single, without dependents.
Ernest was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by German Fighters near Lathen, Germany causing an onboard explosion and crashed at sea during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.
Service # 11084918
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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-30150:
Brooks, Lloyd R ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, MS
Brown, William R ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, PA
Burleigh, Lawrence C ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, AL
Grody, William H ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Hodges, Fred D ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NY
Moody, Eleazar L ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX
Peacock, James W, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Porter, Richard E ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, MD
Shafer, Robert T ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Weaver, Ernest E ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, VT
The entire crew perished on this mission.
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
Iva Weaver LaFleur
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