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John Arthur Edwards

Military

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 20+ x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C shot down, T/Sgt Edwards hit by 20mm shell from Fw190, in throat. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 656

Awards: PH.

Service

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5801 'Flak Happy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 31/3/43; Presque Is 14/4/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 22/4/43; 333BS Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Alconbury 28/7/43; Missing in Action Bochum (T/O), Ger 12/8/43 with Paul...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grant County, WI 16 February 1919

Son of Verne Elgie and Arlie J [Stowell] Edwards.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 5 September 1941
Lived in Platteville, PA 1942
Based Podington 1943 – 12 August 1943

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Bochum, Germany 12 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; hit by 20mm shell from Fw190, in throat. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 656

Buried Rotterdam 13 August 1943

Interred
Rotterdam cemetery

Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville, WI 1948

Re-Interred
Greenwood Cemetery
Platteville,
Grant County, WI
Block V, Lot 15

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 17:09:02 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28600700
https://www.fold3.com/record/84372002-john-a-edwards
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952151?rec=300662913
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/121527620/john-arthur-edwards

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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