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Lieutenant Colonel Edward J Saylor
*Signature Value : £45
|Ed Saylor was born on March 15, 1920, in Brusett, Montana. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on December 7th, 1939. Ed Saylor trained in aircraft maintenance and as a flight engineer. Sgt Saylor was serving as a B-25 Mitchell flight engineer with the 34th Bomb Squadron of the 17th Bomb Group when he was selected for the Doolittle Mission in February 1942. Sgt Saylor was the flight engineer aboard the 15th B-25 to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) on April 18th, 1942. After bombing their assigned targets in Kobe, Japan the crew ditched their B-25 Mitchell in the water off the coast of China. After returning to the United States, Sgt Saylor was deployed to England before accepting a commission as a 2nd Lt in the Army Air Force on March 4th, 1945. Lt Saylor served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer until leaving active duty on March 29, 1946. The B-25 used of the Doolittle Raid, from 89th Reconnaissaince Squadron, was #40-2267. Aside from Saylor, the crew were : |
Pilot - Lt. Donald G. Smith - b 15 Jan 1918, Oldham, SD - d 12 Nov 1942 (killed/action, British Isles)
Co-Pilot - Lt. Griffith Paul Williams - b 10 Jul 1920, Chicago, IL (P.O.W., Germany, 2 years)
Navigator-Bombadier - Lt. Howard Albert Sessler - b 11 Aug 1917, Boston, MA
Gunner - Lt. Thomas Robert White - b 29 Mar 1909, Haiku, HI (Medical Corps) - d 29 Nov 1992
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|Wellington Mk.IC T2473 of No.9 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Lavern R Alcorn : Squadrons updated (added 388th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
|New victory claim added : Me110 claimed on 23rd April 1940 by John Evelyn Scoular of No.73 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Donald Lopez : Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant John H Fetzer Jr :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Karl-Heinz Schnell : Date of death updated, Deceased updated, Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : 1st Lieutenant Jay A Harrington :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1009 :|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley T4299 : Aircrew updated (added W. N. Brindley), Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Whitley was shot down and crashed astride of a hedge at Connegar Farm in Dorset.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Lieutenant Colonel Archie F Maltbie : Squadrons updated (added 388th Fighter Squadron), Squadron service dates updated|
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