Edwin Andrew Loberg

Recent Address: Annandale, VA
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Family Info: Wife: June; Children: Bruce, John
Hometown: Tigerton, WI
Date Entered Service: October 14, 1940
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Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th (Squadron Commander)
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Missions Flown: 40
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Awards: Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal
Service Schools: Graduated with the Class 41-D from Kelly Field near San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned to the 26th Bomb Squadron of the 11th Bomb Group. Based at Hickharn Field during the Pear Harbor attack, Ed is a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. During the War Ed flew approximately 90 combat missions with the B-17 Flying Fortress. His bases ranged from Hawaii to Guadacanal and New Guinea. Ed had many memorable missions, and as he recalls, four of the Fortresses he returned in never flew again, having sufficient battle damage to warrant their use as spare parts. On one mission which involved bombing a Japanese task force, a 5 inch shell from one of the ships ripped through the tail and stabilizer of Ed's B-17. Fortunately, the shell didn't detonate, but it did rip away a good portion of Ed's aircraft. After dropping several thousand feet in altitude, Ed regained control of the aircraft. By using the trim tabs he was able to get the ship back to his airfield. One of Ed's most interesting missions was the one depicted in Stan Stokes' painting when he had a frantic forty-five minute dog fight with a four-engine Mavis Flying Boat. That mission became well known because a war correspondent was onboard at the time.
Rank Upon Discharge: Colonel
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Post WWII Service: Following the War, Ed remained in the new USAF and served in various staff and command positions, the last being that of Executive Officer of Headquarters Command at Bolling Air Force Base. He retired with the rank of Colonel.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Ed held a civilian career with Martin Marietta where he was involved with both the Apollo and Skylab programs.
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Comments: Mr. Loberg passed away February 28, 2004. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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