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EDWARD MAZER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

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EDWARD MAZER was born in Pittsburgh, PA, December 18, 1922. Entered USAAF November 11, 1942; basic training. Keesler Field, MS; radio operator training, Scott Field, IL. Finished gunnery training in Las Vegas, NV. Met with crew at Blythe Field, CA and began training on B-24 Liberator bomber. Finished training at Davis Monthan Field, Tucson, AZ.

Left for the British Isles from Topeka, KS, flying as a passenger on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Arrived in Preswick, Scotland, December 1943. Transferred to Shipdham, England where he flew 30 missions over occupied Europe. Last mission was June 2, 1944. Bombed the coast of France in preparation for D-Day. Sent back to States August 1944.

Became a radio operator and gunnery instructor at Westover Field, MA. Finished his Air Force duty there. Discharged September 1945 with the rank of tech sergeant. Received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Married Jean Sigal, December 15, 1946. They have three children and five grandchildren. Mazer is a retired salesman.



EDWARD MAZER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

19 April 1988

Dear Will:

My bombardier's name is: Tom Murray, 16651 Addison Road, Dallas, Texas 75248.

Robert G. Jones did leave our crew and I never heard from him again. [1 mission only, 8 May 1944]. So much for him.

Our pilot, William E. Wahler, died of leukemia, we think, from dropping the Atom bomb on the Bikini Islands.

Chuck Harmeyer dropped out of sight immediately. I wrote at least dozen letters at first; all returned with no forwarding address.

James H. Warren retired to Florida and died a couple of years ago from shrapnel he received on one of our missions. It took almost 40 years for it to move through his system and lodge somewhere in his body to become fatal.

You are correct about Charles Ray and I, too, could not locate him.

Thanks again for your interest in me.

Ed Mazer, Radio Operator
 
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