Ed Wallace, B17G Pilot, 94
Bomb Group, 332 SquadronEd Wallace was born in June 1920 in Philadelphia, PA, and movedto North Carolina with his parents in 1935. He graduated fromhigh school in 1939, enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941, andwas sent to Morrison Field, Florida. From there he was sent toAustralia for Cadet Training, spending time in Sydney, Melbourne,Brisbane, and Darwin before being shipped to Port Moresby, NewGuinea.He was eventually recalled to the US for pilot training:Preflight training in San Antonio, TXBasic training in Waco, TXAdvanced training in Lubbock, TXB-17 training in Quero, TXFollowing graduation from flight training, during which his two best friends were killed intraining crashes, Ed ferried a B-17 from Bangor, Maine, to Scotland and was thenstationed with the 94
Bomb Group in Bury St. Edmunds, England.Throughout this training, Ed never received a pass to go home, so he mailed a letter tohis sweetheart, Irene, back home in Kenly, NC. He included a small ring and asked herto marry him. Irene accepted the proposal and had her sister put the ring on her finger.It would be 4 years before they saw each other again.Ed flew 15 bombing missions over Germany before being shot down. He was capturedand spent 14 months as a POW.
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