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Herbert J Edwards

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron
  • 62nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Austin, TX, USA 2 November 1923
Assigned to 62nd Fighter Squadron Boxted, Colchester, UK 19 September 1944

Assigned as uncommissioned flight Officer - Service Number T-2679

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, UK 6 October 1944

Transferred from 62nd to 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group

Commissioned Boxted, Colchester, UK 25 January 1945

Promoted to 2Lt on being commissioned.

Promoted Boxted, Colchester, UK 18 April 1945

Promoted from 2Lt to 1Lt.

Buried Austin, TX, USA 1959
Died Windsor, MO 65360, USA 17 November 1959

A B-47 bomber from McConnell Air Force Base at Wichita crashed in flames, narrowly missing a school and an automobile on a county road. A spokesman at McConnell said the four men aboard the plane were:
Capt. Herbert J. Edwards, 36, instructor pilot from Austin, Tex.
Maj. Edgar Jodoin, 35, student pilot from Oxford, Mass. 1st Lt. Robert L. Westrup, 24 student co-pilot from Albany, Ore
A.1.C. James H. Redmond, 21, the flight engineer, from Bay
Shore, N. Y.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 17:02:17 Pyker Changes to nickname, highest rank, events and place associations
Sources

Added biography using Ted Damick pilot listing and data at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Edwards&GSfn=Herbe...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/personnel.htm

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