The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...
Ed Davidson served as a pilot with the 339th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Snetterton Heath, England. He was shot down on 5 January 1944 flying B-17 #423541 'Little Girls'. The aircraft ditched in the Bay of Biscay. Davidson was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) and held at Stalag Luft I.
From 1955, Ed worked for American Airlines. In 1966 AAL obtained a Military contract for flying military supplies to Viet Nam. Ed volunteered for the project and flew into Danang, Cameron Bay and Saigon during late 1966 and early 1967. In May 1973 he moved to San Diego where he retired from line flying July 31, 1983.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 26/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-N] Snetterton 9/9/43; Missing in Action 5/1/44 with Edwin Davidson, Navigator: John Johnston, Bombardier: Maurice Lynch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Barrett, Radio Operator...
Military site : airfield
Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...
|Born||Bovina Center, New York, USA||31 July 1921|
|Taken as a Prisoner of War (POW)||France||5 January 1944|
|02 January 2018 16:25:52||Lucy May||Changes to events|
|10 May 2017 14:39:16||Lucy May||Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations|
|27 September 2014 18:08:42||AAM||AAM ingest|
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2011 / MACR 2011; Snetterton Heath pg 90 and 97 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database