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Edward F Blum


Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions ETO. 700Hrs coastal anti-submarine patrols.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign Medal.


Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...


  • 43-38050

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 26/7/44; during assembly for Frankfurt 5/1/45, with Harry Adelman, Co-pilot: Chas Elder, Navigator: Art Saye, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Virgil Walton, instr...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Born Rochester, NY, USA 16 September 1918
Enlisted Rochester, NY, USA 25 April 1941
Based Eye 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 4 June 2006
Buried July 2006

Arlington National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
18 March 2018 18:29:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History