Flew B-17 #42-37516. Dropped leaflets at night over enemy occupied territory. Col Aber's remains were found in May 2002 in the river Stour at Harwick. He was buried on 5/10/02 at Cambridge American Cemetery. The airplane was the Tondelayo. The 406th was a night leaflet squadron. He was hit by anti-aircraft fire from the British positions engaging enemy aircraft in the vicinity.
'Lt Col. Earle Aber, former commander of the 406th Bomb Squadron was shot down on 4th March 1945 as he and his crew were crossing the channel following a night mission in a B-17 named Tondelayo. He and his Co-pilot continued to fly the badly damaged aircraft so that 9 other crew members could parachute to safety. The Aircraft then burst in to flame and dove in to a sand bank in the River Stour. Parts of the aircraft were recovered many years later. Body parts are buried at Madingley and Arlington National Cemetery'
Remembered by Maj Gen Walter R Longanecker Jr, Annapolis, MD
Units served with
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-T] Chelveston 4/6/44; transferred 858BS Cheddington 26/6/44; on NLS mission over Holland 4/3/45 with Lt Col Earl Aber (Sqd CO), cp Maurice Harper both died when...
|Killed in action
||4 March 1945
||Cambridge American Cemetery