Edward W Durant

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

26-Jul-42 Assigned as Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage".

11-Nov-42 as a Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 'Garbage', the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with RAF Anson EF939, and made a forced "belly" landing at Luton, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair and eventually salvaged for parts. Poor weather conditions contributed to accident on landing 'Garbage'.

3-Jan-43 Shot down in B-17F 41-24620 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!' while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Participated in 4 Operations. See Biography events.

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ooold Soljer
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Garbage
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Snap! Crackle! Pop!
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
Two airmen of the 303rd Bomb Group admire the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Iza Vailable". Printed caption removed from reverse. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, 'Sacred' and U.S. Official Photograph O.W.I. [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Iza vailable
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 17 November 1942
  • Official Description: 35 HBs pound U-boat pens at Saint-Nazaire with 102 tons of bombs.
  • Date: 18 November 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC conducts missions against 3 U-boat bases. 19 HBs attack at La Pallice, 13 at Lorient Keroman, and 19 at Saint-Nazaire.
  • Date: 30 December 1942
  • Official Description: 40 HBs hit submarine base at Lorient, which now shows cumulative effect of repeated bombardment.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Assigned to Aircraft

Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 26 July 1942 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as a Waist Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS.

Other

Aircraft Accident

Luton, Luton, UK 11 November 1942 While serving as a Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS on a training mission, the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an RAF aircraft and forced to make a belly landing at Luton, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Other

Mission #1, SSGT Edward W. Durant, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942 Served as Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljor", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, SSGT Edward W. Durant, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942 Served as Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljor", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, SSGT Edward W. Durant, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 30 December 1942 Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, SSGT Edward W. Durant, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - KIA

Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1942 Served as Right Waist Gunner of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down and he was Killed in Action (KIA).

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1942 Killed when aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and enemy aircraft and crashed into the Forest of Escoublac, France west of St. Nazaire.

Buried

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, Plot L, Row 14, Grave 2.

Revisions

Date27 Jan 2016 19:36:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date27 Jan 2016 19:31:50
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date27 Jan 2016 19:28:33
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date27 Jan 2016 19:26:57
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date27 Jan 2016 19:22:24
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Aircraft Accident event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date27 Jan 2016 19:20:33
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date27 Jan 2016 19:18:24
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date27 Jan 2016 19:16:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2016. Added iniial assignment and promotion info to Summary Biography; made connections to AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date15 Jan 2015 22:00:14
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015. Added SN, KIA event and crew position per MACR 15464; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; added Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; added crew position to biography per MACR 15464.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:38
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15464 / MACR 15464, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 46 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database