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Edward H Daves

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt in B-17 'Little Moe' #4231069

The back end of plane was hit by flak & caught fire. Lt. Daves got all of his crew out, then bailed out of the nose hatch, shortly after this the aircraft exploded. He was picked up by German Weirmacht, and processed over the new several days into his final destination, Luft Stalag I in Barth, Germany on the Baltic Sea. On May 2, 1945 (ironically the day he died in 2014), he and several other airmen, seeing that all of the Germans camp guards had fled due to the Russians invasion of the area, liberated themselves by walking out of camp. Walking through the town of Barth, my father often told of the atrocities he witnessed that had been committed by the Russians on the townspeople. Dead civilians everywhere - the Burgermeister's pregnant daughter dead in the snow, a stripped SS Officer face down shot in the head (not that he did not probably deserve this). All vengeance for what the Russians had suffered at the hands of the German army.

Service

Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31069 'LITTLE MOE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kingsburg, CA 10 October 1922
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germanhy Luft Stalaf I 28 September 1944
Buried Fresno Memorial Gardens, 175 S Cornelia Ave, Fresno, CA 93706, USA 5 2014

Buried in the "Garden of Valor" section.

Died Fresno, CA 5 February 2015

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2021 17:36:14 LittleMoe Changes to events
Sources

Burial information provided by daughter, Jill Daves.

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2021 17:26:40 LittleMoe Changes to biography and events
Sources

Bio/POW information added by daughter, Jill Daves.

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2021 17:12:43 LittleMoe Changes to place associations
Sources

Corrected information by daughter, Jill Daves.

Date Contributor Update
05 May 2021 17:10:42 LittleMoe Changes to surname
Sources

Change made by daughter, Jill Daves.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9415 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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