Everett Ernest BlakelyMilitary
Career Officer in the USAF.
Everett Ernest Blakely (July 1, 1919 – September 21, 2004) was a career officer of the United States Air Force. He was a highly decorated pilot of a B-17 bomber with the “Bloody Hundredth” Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force in Europe during World War II. He received eleven medals for his service including the Silver Star for “gallantry in action”, The Distinguished Flying Cross for “heroism or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight” and the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. Blakely and his crew's plane “Just A Snappin” long held the record for the most enemy aircraft shot down on a single mission. He also received his Pilot Wings with 3 stars from the Colombian Air Force.
Blakely is portrayed by actor David Shield in the Apple TV mini series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg “Masters of the Air”.
SRTD. B-17F #42-3393 'Just-A-Snappin'. On mission to Bremen on 8 Oct 1943 A/C severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters. A/C returned to base alone and crashed near Ludham.
Mentioned in Harry Crosby's book, "A Wing and a Prayer". Plane - B-17 - 'Just-A-Snappin''
Mentioned in "Masters of the Air", By Donald L. Miller.
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|Seattle, Washington||1 April 1905||Born in Elgin, Illinois Died September 21, 2004 in San Luis Obispo, California|
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"Eighth Air Force", By Donald L. Miller.
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