New England Air Museum
Julius Palmer Edwards
Recent Address: c/o David T. Fletcher 507 Brownbark Ln., Gibsonville, NC, 27249
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Family Information: Emory Lafayette Edwards (Julius's father) and Everglyn (Palmer) Edwards (Julius's mother); his brothers were Emory and Phil; Julius's wife was Adelka Edwards (married 1943); his two daughters are Bonnie Edwards and Sherrie Horstmeyer; David Fletcher is Julius's grandson (one of five grandchildren).
Hometown: Hope Valley, RI
Date Entered Service: January, 1943
Service Number: 31288970
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 794th
Location of Unit: Kharagpur, Pengshan, and Tinian
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions Flown:
Awards/Decorations: Bronze Service Star awarded generally to the 794th (August 1945)
Service Schools Attended: Ford Motor Company Airplane School, in Willow Run, MI, Sept., 1943
Military Specialty(ies): Airplane/Automotive Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge: Corporal
Crew Type: Ground & flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
Were you a POW?
Were you interned?
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th: September, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Did not re-enlist when asked if he wished to do so in 1945; discharged from Ft. Devens, MA
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Automotive Mechanic and Automobile Salesman in RI
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Julius talked about his war experiences in later years as a great adventure in his youth; he was proud of his service and particularly enjoyed his time in Pengshan, China; he was later a life-long member of The American Legion in Hope Valley, RI.
Julius's more complete memoirs and numerous pictures from a wartime photo album are being prepared by his family for submission to the collection at New England Air Museum (2014). We first intend to reconstruct his military service record. But as one small preview, we recall that he said his company's song was "Dream" (by The Pied Pipers). Julius often sang the lyrics of this song after the war, and he kept in touch with some of the members of his unit.


Mr. Edwards passed away on May 26th 2007 and is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery B in Hope Valley, RI.


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