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Edward J Ackerman

Military

Navigator - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #41-24282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385.

Ackerman, Edward J., 2nd LT, 506th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, killed 2/2/44 in crash at Eastbourne, Sussex, England, on return from operational mission occurring the same day, aircraft (“Ruth-Less”) received battle damage over Watten, France, letters in file “…they left us happy young men full of life and so anxious to help their country…”, “my health has failed from this terrible tragedy which has befallen me. I am at present in a sanitarium recovering from shock…”, buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Brooklyn, NY).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24282 'Ruth-Less'

    B-24 Liberator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York 17 July 1917

Jul. 17, 1917

Died Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK 2 February 1944

Navigator - Crashed into hillside due to poor visibility near Eastbourne, whilst trying to land at Friston ELG on return from mission to Watten, France on 2 Feb 44 in B-24D #4124282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6385.

Buried Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA

Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale
Suffolk County, New York, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 18:29:13 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2015 02:55:03 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 09:24:46 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 223-224, 44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties, pp. 202-203, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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