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Ayling, Edward C.

Rank and Name, Technical Sergeant Edward C. Ayling.

Unit/Placed in, 878th Bomber Squadron, 499th Bomber Group, Very Heavy.


Edward is born approx. on 20 Oct. 1913 in Chicago, Illinois.

Father, William H. Ayling.

Mother, Emma E.D. (Ebel) Ayling.

Sister(s), Georgia W. and Martha W. Ayling.

Brother(s), Infant, William H. Thomas, Paul K. and Alfred W. Ayling.

Spouse, Lorraine B. (Ebeling) Ayling.


Edward enlisted the service in Illinois with service number # 16034200.


Edward‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-29 were,

1st Lt.           Leo E. Conway                  Pilot

2nd Lt.          Francis G. Lougee              Co Pilot

2nd Lt.          John R. Hartsock               Navigator

2nd Lt.          Thomas V. Nevin               Bombardier

2nd Lt.          Clyde E. Simmonds            Engineer

T/Sgt.          Edward C. Ayling              Radio Operator

Sgt.              Marvin S. Green                Central Fire Control

Sgt.              J. L. Payne                       Radar Obsever

Sgt.              Kenneth W. Swanson         Tail Gunner

Cpl.              Bernhard J. Campeau        Left (Waist) Gunner

Cpl.              Joseph Cullen                    Right (Waist) Gunner

Edward was KIA when they were attacked on the Combat Mission, shot and Crashed on 18 December 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star Medal Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Edward is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.


Thanks to, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/499th_Bombardment_Group.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com


Edward C. Ayling, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against an armed hostile force while serving with the FIFTH Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Action during World War II.

878th Bomber Squadron
499th Bomber Group
B-29 Superfortress
North Field, Saipan
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Edward C. Ayling
His rank Technical Sergeant