Col Edwin Smith Green


Col Edwin Smith Green

Death 18 Feb 1944 (aged 29)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Edwin served as a Colonel, Headquarters, XIII Bomber Command, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Imperial County, California prior to the war.

Edwin was an observer on a B-25H #unknown, that was assigned to the 69th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force.

This B-25, with a crew of six and one other B-25, took off from Banika Field, Solomon Islands on a combat mission over Buka Island, Papua New Guinea. On this mission they were tasked with testing a new style of gun. Col. Green was observing the effectiveness of the gun.

Over the northern section of the island this B-25 attacked a suspected enemy bivouac and was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea approximately five miles west of Cape Hanpan. Four crew members were lost and two were later rescued.

Edwin was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He had previously been awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" for a mission he flew on January 15, 1942. After that mission he was also awarded "2 Oak Leaf Clusters" that were added to his first Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-022330

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Airmen who perished on this B-25:

Durkin, Joseph L ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NJ
Green, Edwin S ~ Col, Observer, CA
Newman, Ernest L ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, KS
Roginski, Edward R ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, OH

The airmen who survived:

Sgt Steinberg and Sgt Cowan, who was severely injured, and S/Sgt. Nerman's remains were rescued & recovered by a PBY.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Linda Carole Mustion
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56755634
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Edwin Smith Green (3 Dec 1914–18 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56755634, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Linda Carole Mustion (contributor 29047507) .