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Edward G Minton

Military

RANK: SERGEANT. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ARMY AIR CORPS AUGUST 20, 1943 AT SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. SERVED AS A B-17 ‘FLYING FORTRESS’ BOMBER TOGGLIER ‘BOMBARDIER’/NOSE GUNNER. ASSIGNED TO THE 349TH BOMB SQUADRON, 100TH ‘BLOODY HUNDREDTH’ BOMB GROUP, 13TH BOMB WING, U.S. 8TH AIR FORCE ‘MIGHTY EIGHTH’. HIS UNIT WAS BASED AT THE THORPE ABBOTS ROYAL AIR FORCE AIRFIELD ENGLAND, UNITED STATES ARMY AIRFIELD STATION #139. ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1944 HE WAS SHOT DOWN DURING A BOMBING RAID ON THE RUHLAND SYNTHETIC OIL REFINERY, RUHLAND-SCHWARZHEIDE, GERMANY. HIS FLYING FORTRESS WENT DOWN WHEN IT WAS ATTACKED BY A LARGE FORMATION OF GERMAN FIGHTERS AND CRASHED IN THE VICINITY OF SCHMIEDEBERG, GERMANY. THERE WERE 9 CREWMEN ON BOARD, 5 PERISHED IN THE DISASTER AND THE OTHER 4 PARACHUTED TO SAFETY. THE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN THE AMERICAN AND GERMAN AIR FORCES, LATER KNOWN AS ‘BLACK MONDAY’ TOOK PLACE AROUND MIDDAY. IT WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST AIR BATTLES FOUGHT OVER THE ORE MOUNTAINS IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER. AFTER BAILING OUT OF THE CRIPPLED BOMBER, HE WAS CAPTURED BY THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES AND TRANSFERRED TO A GERMAN HOSPITAL FOR MEDICAL CARE FROM INJURIES SUFFERED IN THE AIR BATTLE. IT WAS OFFICIALLY REPORTED BY THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT THAT HE DIED TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1945 FROM HIS INJURIES. HE IS BURIED IN THE LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY LOCATED AT ST. AVOLD (MOSELLE), FRANCE.

Service

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...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97834

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-J] Thorpe Abbotts 4/5/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 11/9/44 with Orville Everitt, Bombardier: Ed Minton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Williams, Radio...

Missions

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

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 San Francisco, CA, USA 6 January 1918

The oldest of five children born to Walter and Tillie Minton.

Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 20 August 1943
Based Thorpe Abbotts 10 July 1944 – 11 September 1944

Togglier (Bombardier)/Nose gunner assigned to 349th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group (Heavy), 13th Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force.

Shot Down on Ruhland Mission Kovářská, Czech Republic 11 September 1944

His B-17G Flying Fortress (42-97834) "Mud In Yer Eye" was attacked on 11-9-1944 by German fighters and during bail out he separated his spine that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Died Bílina, Czech Republic 20 March 1945

Died of complications due to separated spine at German POW hospital.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 18:26:46 asandiegoman@gmail.com Changes to events
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US Army Air Forces

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 18:08:48 asandiegoman@gmail.com Changes to events
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US Army Air Forces

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 18:03:44 asandiegoman@gmail.com Changes to biography, events and mission associations
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US Army Air Forces

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2014 17:16:13 asandiegoman@gmail.com Changes to nickname, service number and awards
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US Army Air Forces 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8819 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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