Edward served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-25H #unknown, 69th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force.
He resided in Cuyahoga County, Ohio prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on May 11, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in trades and services and also as Married.
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.
Edward was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.
Service # 35305490
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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 )