Edward Warren Masterman

S/Sgt    39196860    614th
1922 - 1943

Tail Gunner onboard 42-31098 (Penny's Thunderhead)

Margraten cemetery, Netherlands.
Wall of Missing

     Edward was born Apr 9, 1922, Selah, Yakima, Washington.
     On Dec 12, 1942 he enlisted to the aircorps.
     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG and he flew 3 missions
     The last mission on 11 December 1943, Target: Emden, the plane was hit by flak and Edward and 7 more
     crew members had to bail out over Holland

     Unfortunately I believe , he fell in the water and did not reached the shore...
     He was awarded with an Air medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1943, when Edward died on the age of 21 he left behind his family :

         His father, Ed Masterman, age 53
         His mother, Rhubell Masterman, age 45
         His sister, Ethel Masterman, age 22
         His brother, Gerald Masterman, age 13
         His brother, Donald Masterman, age 10

Individual casualty questionaire

Told by 2nd Lt. John Barret , Navigator.

- Did they bailed out ? : Yes.

- Where ? : Northern Holland

- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : None

- Where were they last seen ? : All bailing out.

- Any explanations of their fate ? :

      When I went out I saw land below and also five chutes open, which I assume to be , Shaw - Cope
      Masterman -Nielsen - Bargfrede, because I know Carlson an Robinson went out 5 minutes later
      ( Carlson told me later ).
      I delayed my jump from around 20.000 Ft to around 1000 Ft.
      I landed in water a couple hundred yards from mainland ( Holland ).
      I fell that those men who opened chutes at altitude drifted out to sea and drowned.
      Carlson and Robinson went out later over water and Carlson fortunately was rescued by Germans.
      I believe Robinson also drowned.

- Total number of missions of above crew members ? : 3.

- Date and destinations if possible ? : Nov 26,   1943 Bremen
                                                                     Dec 1,     1943 Solingen
                                                                     Dec 11,   1943 Emden

Captain Kaufman's first crew.

Back Row: L-R Capt. Kaufman , Lt. F. B. Robinson , Lt. R. C. Fitzgerald , Lt. J. A. Barrett
Front Row: Sgt. F. R. Cope , Sgt. H. A. Shaw , Sgt. D. H. Carlson , Sgt. T. R. Nielson , Sgt. H. L. Bargfrede , Sgt.EDWARD WARREN MASTERMAN

Photo Courtesy of Rick Kaufman.

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