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William Edmond (Ed) Pendleton

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William Edmond ‘Ed’ Pendleton

Theater: European

S/N: O-789198

From his letter: From Douglas, we went to Augusta for basic, to Albany for Advanced (both Georgia). [He graduated from Turner Field.] Then many of us were assigned to the 8th Anti-Submarine command, in Manchester, NH. [Grenier Field]. From there we covered the entire eastern seaboard, being based at Manchester, then Dover, Del., Cherry Point, NC (they had no aircraft then at their own base!), finally Miami. Then to the Caribbean, first at Batista Field, Havana. Later we split into flights of four, going to Aruba, Trinidad, and Dutch Guiana (now Surinam). I was in the one to D. Gui., going from there to Natal, Brazil, then for three or four weeks on Ascension Island.

During this time we flew DB-7s (A-20s), B-18s, B-37s and finally B-24s.

Late in 1943 we were disbanded and sent eventually to Alamogorda, NM to help form the 487th Bomb Group with our B-24s. In April 44, we flew to Lavenham, Suffolk, England. I did 30 missions over the continent, switching about half way to B-17s. I returned to the States late in 44; assigned to training command along the Rio border in Texas; discharged in spring of 45.

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