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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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|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1096 :|
|Sergeant I H Norris added to aircrew database :|
On 4th July 1943 he was rear gunner in Stirling BK718 WP-M of No.90 Sqn when it was shot down and crashed near Cologne. He managed to escape from the doomed aircraft and parachute to the relative safety of captivity, reportedly 'through' his turret. The rest of the crew did not make it out of the aircraft and were killed. It is known that he visited at least some of the families of his lost crewmates some time after the war.
|324th Bomb Squadron added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden X3001 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Hampden was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed north of Alkmaar in Holland.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : White : Squadrons updated (added No.115 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|389th Bomb Group added to the squadrons database.|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Garnett : Squadrons updated (added No.51 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Flying Fortress Mk.F-85-BO 42-30042 of 349th Bomb Squadron added to the airframes database.|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1096 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Wellington was hit by AA fire off the East Anglia coast on return from patrol, the aircraft flew for Martlesham Heath but overshot the runway and crashed at Mill Field in Bredfield in Suffolk.)|
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