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Edward Z Gelman


KIS 23 April 1945 on excursion flight to Ireland. 31 men were picked to go on one-week vacation to Belfast, Ireland. Crashed into 2,000- foot peak on Isle of Man.


Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 532nd Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38856

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 30/9/44; Dow Fd 15/10/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-M] Ridgewell 19/10/44; 7m crashed Isle of Man, UK with Charles Ackerman, Edwin Hutcheson, plus passengers Lts Alfred Mata, Jim Hinkle, John Fedak, Martin Matyas and Larry McGhehey;...


Event Location Date
Died 23 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Men of the 381st: Heroes All; 381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; Roll of Honor