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Edward William Durst Jr.


While on his first mission over enemy occupied territory, Durst, while in formation with three other a/c on a mapping mission over France, in the St. Malo area, when into a steep dive and was never seen to come out of it. Anoxia was the cause


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Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Event Location Date
Born Mineral Wells, TX 13 August 1922
Died La Mettrie, 22770 Lancieux, France 24 July 1944

Appears his a/c oxygen system failed and he succumbed to anoxia

The plane fell at a place called "La Mettrie" on the road that goes from Ploubalay in Lancieux, the parcel is the clos of the bridge. Two large oaks still in place it served as the framework for this tragic episode. The aircraft took fire immediately releasing a huge blaze. No one was able to approach the site because the Germans prevented from travelling on the spot. All completed fire women are allowed to approach, one of them, a neighbour, will bring a sheet to bury the remains of the pilot. The Germans entrust the body to the Town Hall after request of the Mayor Mr. Roussel. July 26-place the funeral ceremony. Witnesses recall these moments of emotion, a huge crowd flock to the Church, an abundance of flowers covered the forecourt of each side. The occupier maintains a presence during the ceremony. The body will be buried after the tribute paid by the Mayor. A woman remembers a phrase and the quote: "Come is down under a sky full of glory an Allied aircraft". - Translated from a French website set up to honor Lt. Durst.

Buried Mineral Wells, TX 1949

Elmwood Cemetery
Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA


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Chris Brassfield

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7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia