SSGT Eldwyn Elver Huse

SSGT Eldwyn Elver Huse

Adams County, Washington, USA
Death 10 May 1944 (aged 34)
Lea County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Lind, Adams County, Washington, USA
Plot 265
Memorial ID 63960516 · View Source
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The following information is courtesy of Jana Churchwell

3017th AAF Base Unit
Assistant Flight Engineer

Weather was clear with unlimited visibility but with light rain showers in the vicinity 10 May 1944. B-17F #42-31006 took off from Hobbs Army Air Force Base at Hobbs NM on a routine formation training flight to El Paso TX and then a return back to base. The aircraft was flying in formation at an altitude of 25,000 ft on the right wing with another aircraft, piloted by 2nd Lt Troy M. Deal, Instructor Pilot, ASN O-482967 and which was in the lead position. Captain Thomas' ship, the No. 12 aircraft, was accompanying the formation on the left wing of Lt. Deal's lead aircraft. A short time into the flight, positions switched, as Capt. Thomas took the lead, and Lt. Blackner took his left wing, and Lt. Deal took the right wing. They made their destination of El Paso and turned for a heading to Salt Flats.

Lt. Blackner's ship veered sharply to the right towards Lt. Deal's ship and disappeared through the overcast layer. No further contact was made with any of the crew. The instructor pilot's thought that Lt. Blackner's aircraft had gotten into the prop-wash and at some point would reappear. A local rancher spotted the ship coming straight down. The aircraft was said to have seemed to level off, and then head back straight down. The eyewitness was approximately eleven miles away when he saw the aircraft hit and catch fire. The investigative opinion is that the probable cause of the crash was due to material failure in the oxygen system. All five airmen were killed in the crash.
The crew members were:
2nd Lt. James B. Blackner, Pilot, O-747373, from Beaver County, UT
2nd Lt. Donald M. Bahling, CoPilot/Pilot from Fresno, CA
2nd Lt. Chaarles J. Carter, O-771664, CoPilot/Pilot from Monroe Co., NY
SSGT Eldwyn E. Huse, 19170127, Assistant Flight Engineer from Adams Co., WA
Pvt Edward E. Hogan, 32447839, Radio Operator from Albany Co., NY

Other eyewitnesses on board Capt. Thomas' aircraft and Lt. Deal's aircraft were 2nd Lt. Seth L H Clare ASN O-771309 Officer Student; 2nd Lt. Max M Derry ASN O-771309, Officer Student and PFC Everett H McGhee ASN 19114005, Radio Officer.

Obituary from Ritzville Journal Times, May 18, 1944
Military Rites Honor Sergeant Eldwyn E. Huse
Military rites were held at the Lind grange hall this afternoon for Staff Sergeant Eldwyn E. Huse, 34, of Lind, aerial engineer with a bombardier squadron of the Army Air Forces who was killed in a crash near Hobbs, NM, May 10. The Rev. W.W. Debolt of the Methodist church officiated.
Burial was in the Lind cemetery. Military personnel from Moses Lake Army base fired a salute over his grave. The body was accompanied to Lind by Master Sergeant George Braun of Hobbs Field.
Sergeant Huse was on a routine training flight when his plane crashed, killing him and four others. It is believed failure of the oxygen supply system was responsible. The plane was flying at an altitude of about 30,000 feet, about 71 miles east of El Paso, TX, when the tragedy occurred.
Eldwyn Huse was born Dec. 31, 1909 on a ranch south of Lind. He attended the Newsite grade school near the ranch and went to high school in Lind, graduating with the class of 1927. He was active in high school athletics and later attended business college in Spokane.
Mr. Huse did some farming for himself and also worked for his uncle, J.W. Huse of Lind. He was married Jan. 29, 1942 to Miss Frances Meyer of Ritzville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Meyer. On Oct. 30, 1942, he entered the Army and had all his training at Hobbs Field, NM, with the esception of a two months' course at the Boeing school in Seattle. He was aerial engineer on a B-17.
Before entering the army, he was in grange work for several years and was a master of the Lind grange at the time he entered the army. He was a member of the Methodist church of Lind.
Besides his widow, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elver Huse; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Floyd and Mrs. Albert Wahl, both of Lind; and one brother, Harold of Lind.

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