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Edmund Alfred Oliver

Military

Flew on 8 combat missions, 7 of them with pilot Mark E. Carnell. 8th Mission was a late replacement for John K. Beard, the regular radio operator on the Charles L. Duncan crew. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, was shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Oliver suffered shattered right hip while exiting burning plane. Captured and taken Prisoner of War (POW). He was credited with one enemy kill.

Service

People

  • Mark Carnell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Mark Carnell went to Canada in 1940 to volunteer for service in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He later rejoined the US 8th Air Force, as a pilot in the 100th Bomb Group, with the rank of Captain. ...

  • Oliver Chiesl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Oliver Chiesl was Navigator on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ernest De Los Santos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
    Ernest De Los Santos was Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Duncan

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Charles L. Duncan was pilot of "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Forbes

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    William Forbes Jr was Bombardier on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gene Frank

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner/Assistant Radio Operator
    Gene Frank was Assistant Radio Operator/Gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bernard Hanover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer/Ball Turret Gunner
    Bernard Hanover's middle initial is given as "E" in MACR 268 and in his NARA POW records, while his WW II Enlistment Records have "I", the correct one. This is confirmed in his 29 January 1946 Draft Registration Card. He was assistant engineer on pilot...

  • Parrish Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer/Right Waist Gunner
    Sgt Parrish Reynolds was waist gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. He was replacing Sgt Clifford R. Starkey - later shot down on 17 August 1943 on B-17 42-5867. Reynolds...

  • Archibald Robertson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Archibald Robertson was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-30050 "Judy E", shot down 10 July 1943 on the mission to Le Bourget airfield near Paris. He managed to evade capture with the help of French and Belgian members of the Résistance. Fed, clothed, sheltered and...

  • William Whitley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    William Whitley was Tail Gunner on pilot Charles L. Duncan's "Judy E" - 42-30050, shot down by fighters over Dieppe, France 10 July 1943. Captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30050 Judy E

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Hamilton 28/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 13/5/43; Wendover 17/2/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/2/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-X] Thorpe Abbotts 29/5/43; Missing in Action Le Bourget airfield 10 July 1943 with...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tallassee, Alabama 12 May 1921
Lived in Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama, Uited States 1942
Enlisted Fort McClellan AL 22 January 1942

Fort McClellan Alabama

Enlisted Sainte-Colombe, France 22 June 1942

Fort McClellan, Alabama

Bailed out Zagan, Poland 10 July 1943

of B-17 42-30050 over NW France, south of Dieppe

Prisoner of War Thorpe Abbotts 10 July 1943 – June 1945

Captured after landing in parachute in Normandy. Interned at Stalag 357 (Kopernikus, Thorn) and then at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan/Zagan, Poland. NARA WWII POW database : "Interned at SL3; Returned to Military Control 12 June 1945." Probably force-marched from SL3 to Stalag VIIA Moosburg, liberated 29 April 1945 by US forces.

Discharged USAAF 18 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Buried 1998

Edmund Oliver rests at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Eclectic, Elmore County, Alabama

Died 23 May 1998

Alabama

Died Eclectic, AL 23 May 1998

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 11:42:41 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
MACR 268
NARA VETERANS' BIRLS files

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2019 10:02:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/638860212
https://www.fold3.com/image/604608374
https://www.fold3.com/record/53022584-edmund-a-oliver
https://www.fold3.com/record/87933374-edmund-a-oliver
https://www.fold3.com/record/627401343-edmund-oliver-1921
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34631049/edmund-alfred-oliver

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son/MACR 268

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