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Edwin Richard Bush

Military

Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. "Capt Bush detached the Norden bombsight and tossed it out the escape hatch before following the navigator, Capt Edwin M Carmichael, through the nose hatch". Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel in Strategic Air Command. Killed along with pilot Brig. Gen. Jesse D Auton in a B-25 crash at Offutt AFB. A/C came in for a single engine landing and overshot the runway.

Service

People

  • Harry Goldstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Oscar O'Neill

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24431 The Saint

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-G] Bangor 27/8/42; Bassingbourn 11/10/42; detailed mechanical trip to Honington, Sfk. 16/2/43 but crashed on attempted t/o with Earl Riley, Co-pilot: Earl Dosier, Navigator: Roy Schwendiman, Bombardier: Edwin Bush, Flight...

  • 42-5070 'Invasion II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O'Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush,...

  • 42-5132 Royal Flush!

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/9/42; New Castle 15/10/42; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 21/12/42; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-E] Bassingbourn 18/1/43; Missing in Action 23m Huls 22/6/43 with Marcell Fountain, Co-pilot: Oscar Diedering, Navigator: Mo Herman, Bombardier...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Francisco, CA, USA 17 July 1920
Lived in Los Angeles, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 5 January 1942
Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 17 April 1943

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Taxiing accident Bassingbourn, Royston SG8 5LP, UK 12 February 1943

Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. 7 crew Returned to Duty (RTD).

Prisoner of War (POW) 85368 Moosburg, Germany 17 April 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft VIIa.

Shot down Oldenburg, Germany 17 April 1943

Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety.

Died Offutt AFB, NE, USA 30 March 1952

Killed along with pilot Brig. Gen. Jesse D Auton in a B-25 crash at Offutt AFB. A/C came in for a single engine landing and overshot the runway.

Buried Riverside Cemetery Albany, GA April 1952

Riverside Cemetery
Albany
Dougherty County
Georgia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2021 00:31:07 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/55636/TheFirstofMa...

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 16:54:13 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47349570
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/155887624

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2020 04:43:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2017 14:32:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32151287/?terms=42-5070
https://www.fold3.com/page/84948713_edwin_r%20bush/details/
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1952/04/01/page/17/article/brig-gen-a...
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=155887624

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15519 / MACR 15519, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 p.75 and p. 105 by Bishop and Hey, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar pp. 37-38, NARA / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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