Edwin B. "Ed" Goree, born in Houston, Texas August 18, 1921. Graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1939 and was employed from Houston Lighting and Power the same year. Took a leave-of-absence and volunteered for the Air Force in 1942. Reported to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and three days later was returned to Houston's Ellington Field for three months. Was then sent to mechanic school at Lincoln, NE where the group became corporals upon completion of the course. In typical Army fashion, they were sent to basic training in Salt Lake City, UT. More schools followed to include the Lockheed plant in Burbank, CA. After Lockheed, he was assigned to the 364th Group, 383rd Squadron at Glendale, CA. 2 Feb 1944 sailed on the Queen Elizabeth and arrived about 9 Feb 1944 at Honington where he was an airplane electrical mechanic. Shortly after the end of war in Europe, he and several others from his group were "volunteered" to the 9th Air Force in France. Returned to US 11 Nov. 1945. Discharged as Staff/Sgt. 18 Nov. 1945 from Ft. Sam Houston. Returned to work at Houston Lighting and Power where he was employed at a Head Journeyman Electrician until he retired in 1984. Married Mary Frances Toland in 1947. They had four children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies included collecting rocks, antique guns, and toy trains. He passed away April 18, 2010 in Webster, Texas.
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Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...