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Edwin D Davidson


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.


Units served with


  • 42-3541 "Little Girls"

    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...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Bovina Center, New York, USA 31 July 1921
Taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) France 5 January 1944


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2018 16:25:52 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2017 14:39:16 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
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