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Elbert Edwards


Elbert Edwards


Recent Address:

P.O. Box 104, Tornado, WV 25202


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Family Information:

Wife: Doris; Children: Michael and Pamela


Columbus, OH

Date Entered Service:

February 10, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India A-7 (December, 1944)

Missions Flown:

9 complete missions, rammed by Japanese fighter on 10th.

Hump Missions Flown:

Multiple, exact number not known.


Bangkok, Sasebo, Palembang, Anshan, Yawata, Kaifeng, Hangchow, Shanghai, Mukden


American Theater Service Medal,Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars,Good Conduct Medal,Overseas Bar (3),Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster,Distinguished Unit Badge,POW Medal,WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Army AF Technical School, Scott Field, IL Jul 1943; Philco Training, Philadelphia, PA Sep 1943; First Aid/ Radio Mechanic, Madison, WI Sep 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 707-Radio Operator, Mechanic, First Aid

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6272 Old Campaigner (turned over to another crew in December 1944.) 42-24715 Old Campaigner (rammed on December 21, 1944 over Mukden, Manchuria. My dad was the sole survivor and was a POW in Mukden Manchuria till liberated in August 1945.)

Were you a POW?


If so, where?

Camp Hoten, Mukden, Manchuria.

Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

April 2, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

USAF Reserve, 4/2/46 to 3/22/49

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Industrial Engineer

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:





The crew of the "Old Campaigner" December, 1944: from left to right: Capt. Charles C. Benedict, Pilot, Greenough, Montana, West Point, January 1943 , 1st Lt. Robert M. Baer, Co-Pilot, Buffalo, New York , 1st Lt. Warren D. Dailey, Bombardier, Ponca City, Oklahoma , 1st Lt. Tom C. Evans, Navigator, Los Angeles, California (Evans and Dailey were married to twin sisters) , 1st Lt. Jack L. Roberts, Radar Operator, Leadville, Colorado , 1st Lt. Arthur R. Mahoney, Flight Engineer, Arlington, Massachusetts , T/Sgt. Carl L. Drummond, Tail Gunner, Canyon, Texas , S/Sgt. Stanley J. Berger, Left Gunner, Jersey City, New Jersey , S/Sgt. Elbert L. Edwards, Radio Operator, Columbus, Ohio , S/Sgt. Charles A. Varsafsky, Senior Gunner, Trafford, Pennsylvania , S/Sgt. Elmer Jelgerhuis, Right Gunner, Edgerton, Minnesota.


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