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Edward H Tunison


Flew on D-Day.

In an article in The Desert Sun newspaper, published 13 December 1944, Ed Tunison recalls:
"We dropped paratroopers. The guys on the plane were more anxious to get out – they wanted to get out of our planes because they knew our planes were being shot at. Dropping them at that low altitude like that – two or three swings and they were on the ground."

"We had no armament on our plane. What we wore was a flak helmet – like a hockey player wears – and a flak vest – like an umpire wears. All we carried was a .45 and a carbine (rifle) in case we were shot down we had some firepower.

"That same day, we came back and brought gasoline back to the mainland. Engineers had already laid out a corrugated runway for us … somewhere in Cherbourg."

The full article is available here:

Ed was recently reunited with his aircraft and took part in a cross-Channel flight.

This footage was taken from the restored aircraft:


Units served with


Associated Place

  • Aldermaston

    Military site : airfield
    Aldermaston was built for RAF use in 1941-1942, and handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942. It was home to several Troop Carrier Groups, and became an airfield of the Ninth Air Force in 1943. Handed back to the RAF in 1945, it was placed on Care...


Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI, USA 14 November 1922
Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 3 August 1942
Served until 24 September 1945
Lives in Palm Desert, CA, USA 2014
Works as a volunteer docent Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA 2014


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 10:33:53 Lucy May Changes to biography

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Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 10:28:00 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

The Desert Sun, 13 December 2014:

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