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Earle J Aber Jr

Military

Flew B-17 #42337516 Dropped leaflets at night over enemy occupied territory. Col Aber's remains were found in May 2002 in the river Stout at Harwick. He was buried on 5/10/02 at Cambridge Amer Cemetery. The airplane was Tondelayo. 406th was night leaflet squadron. He was hit by anti-aircraft fire from the British positions engaging enemy aircraft in the vicinity.

In Memoriam

'Lt Col. Earle Aber, former commander of the 406th Bomb Squadron was shot down on 4th March 1945 as he and his crew were crossing the channel following a night mission in a B-17 named Tondelayo. He and his Co-pilot continued to fly the badly damaged aircraft so that 9 other crew members could parachute to safety. The Aircraft then burst in to flame and dove in to a sand bank in the River Stour. Parts of the aircraft were recovered many years later. Body parts are buried at Madingley and Arlington National Cemetery'
Remembered by Maj Gen Walter R Longanecker Jr, Annapolis, MD

Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37516 'Tondelayo'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Chelveston 4/6/44; transferred 858BS Cheddington 26/6/44; on NLS mission over Holland 4/3/45 with Lt Col Earl Aber (Sqd CO), cp Maurice Harper both died when...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin
Died 4 March 1945
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 16:53:11 Emily Changes to memoriam
Sources

Walter R Longanecker Jr, via American Air Museum Memory book correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

8th AF News, June 2000 8thAF News Sept 2002 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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