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Edward M Ritts

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  • Ivan Wright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

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  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Iowa, USA 17 August 1924
466th BG Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 30 August 1944 – 25 March 1945
Lived in Kansas City, MO, USA 1945

1305 Brush Creek Blvd

Graduated Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA 1948

Iowa State University
Engineering School

Died Morgan Hill, CA, USA 29 August 2004

Edward Ritts, passed into the light on Aug. 29, 2004, age 80. Born in Iowa on Aug. 17, 1924, to Charles and Juanita Ritts, he served as a B-24 pilot for the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, Mr. Ritts returned home and married Marilyn, his high school sweetheart, in 1945. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1948 with an Engineering degree. His professional career included work as an automotive engineer for the Cities Service and Tidewater Oil Companies, as a small business owner, and finally, as a Real Estate Broker as he approached his retirement years. Married for almost 50 years, Mr. and Mrs. Ritts enjoyed traveling, particularly their yearly trips to Lake Tahoe and Kona, and the company of their many friends. He cherished the friendship and camaraderie provided by the Morgan Hill Airmen’s Association, the Gilroy Elks Club, and the Local Sirs Club. He looked forward over the years to his fishing trips in Canada and Alaska and his hunting trips in Wyoming. His gentle nature, caring soul, and self-effacing humor will be greatly missed by all.

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Date Contributor Update
06 December 2015 20:25:16 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events and aircraft associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 21:10:16 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:34 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 350 & age 388 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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