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Edward Collins Unger

Military

Edward Unger was a pilot assigned to the 834th Bomb Squadron, the 486th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force in the USAAF. He ferried the B-17G, 43-37716, 5 Grand, to Britain and the ETO.
He flew 30 missions with the 486th Bomb Group : 28 Jul 1944, to St. Lo; Aug 5 Hamburg; 7 Jussy; 8 St. Sylvian; 14 Mannheim; 16 Rositz; 25 Rechlin; 3 Sep Brest; 13 Darmstadt; 17 Holland; 26 Bremen; Oct 3 Nurnberg; 9 Mainz; 22 Munster; Nov 2 Merseberg; 4 Neunkirken; 6 Neumunster; 9 Saarbruechen; 27 Bingen; Dec 6 Merseburg; 10 Coblenz; 23 Hamburg; 24 Pforzheim; 26 Coblenz; 31 Hamburg; 1945 - Jan 1 Dahlbergen; 2 Troop Support; 13 Mainz; 18 Kaiserlautern; 21 Maneheim-Karlsrohe. 32 missions w/ 55th FG 1945: Feb 24 Bremen; 25 Munich; 26 Berlin; 27 Leipzig; Mar 1 Ulm; Nurnberg; Keisel; Brunswick; Nurnberg; Chemnitz; 14 Hannover; 15 Oranienberg; 17 Ruhland; 18 Berlin; 20 Hamburg; 21 Ruhland; 22 Leipzig; 26 Plaun; 31 Zeitz; Apr 4 Kiel; 5 Bamburg; 6 Leipzig; 7 Buchin; 9 Munich; 10 Zerbst; 11 Ingolstadt; 14 Bordeaux; 16 Bironde Estuary; 17 Dresden; 19 Munich; 20 Prague/ 21 Munich.

Transferred to the 3rd Scout Force flying the, P-51D, 44-14154, named, Mutt.

Awards: Legion of Merit w/an Oak Leaf Cluster - Air Medal w/8 Oak Leaf Clusters - DFC - Army Air Force and Army Commendation Medals

Post war: He remained in the USAAF serving in Korea and Vietnam and retired as a Colonel.

Service

People

  • Robert Bohyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Lt. Robert Bohyer was part of Lt. Edward C. Unger's crew who ferried the B-17G, 43-37716, 5 Grand, over to Britain and the European Theater of Operations. ...

  • Jack Boyce

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew

  • Walter Griffith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew

  • Anthony Guercia

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Richard Jacobson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 3rd Scouting Force
    Member of Unger crew

  • John McBride

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew

  • George Moller

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew

  • Louis Sendek

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Reinheart Zirbel

    Military | Lieutenant | Pathfinder Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Unger crew

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Units served with

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    Group
    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 834th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-37716 - 5 Grand - The Easter Egg

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    The B-17G, named, 5 Grand, was constructed at the Boeing Plant 5 in Seattle, WA, in 1944. It was named, 5 Grand, because it was the 5,000th B-17 to come off the Boeing production line in Seattle, since Pearl Harbor. It was the only B-17 that was ever ...

  • 44-14154 'Mutt'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3SF, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spokane, Washington 12 May 1920
Based Sudbury July 1944 – 21 April 1945

Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Wormingford 22 April 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to 3rd Scout Force, 8AF USAAF.

Died Carmichael, CA, USA 4 April 1992
Buried Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno San Mateo County, CA 7 April 1992

Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno
San Mateo County, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2022 13:40:40 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role and biography
Sources

Removed punctuation marks from aircraft names, for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 20:02:22 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74117105/edward-collins-unger
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 02:36:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 21:08:32 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
Merged 4 entries [ASN various O-757340, O-747340 and 14491A]
https://www.fold3.com/record/58268903-edward-c-unger
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/airbase/remember.html#17a
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74117105/edward-collins-unger

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 18:46:29 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
Merged 4 entries [ASN various O-757340, O-747340 and 14491A]
https://www.fold3.com/record/58268903-edward-c-unger
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/airbase/remember.html#17a
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74117105/edward-collins-unger

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / widow, Dorothy L. Unger, and son, Edward C. Unger, Jr.

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