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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 April 1943 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) at Stalag Luft VIIa then moved to several work camps ending at Munich 48-11.

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

  • Oscar O'Neill

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 April 1943 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

    Command

  • 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...

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 VIIa

    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 Albany, GA, USA April 1952

Riverside Cemetery
Albany
Dougherty County
Georgia, USA

Revisions

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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