In honor of Memorial Day I would like to share the heroic story of Bomber Crew 41, which my great-uncle Eddie was a member of. 2LT Edwin S. Jacobsen, as bombardier of B-24H / #41-28609 / MACR 2442.
This article was submitted by my father, Thomas M. O’Hare in May of 2001 to his local newspaper, The Baldwin Freeport Tribune, Long Island, NY, and I share again with you today, thank you.
War And Remembrance
The Story of A Lost Bomber Crew’s Last Mission And Its Legacy Of Compassion
The following letter was written by H.F. Eaton of North East, Pennsylvania on July 17, 1945. Mr. Eaton had heard the story of Bomber Crew 41 from his brother-in-law, St. John L. Keim, who was one of only two survivors of the crew’s ill-fated mission. Mr. Eaton in turn wrote to the next o f kin of each of the lost crew members, including Mrs. Arthur Jacobsen of Cohoes, New York, mother of the crew’s bombardier, 2nd Lt. Edwin S. Jacobsen. The following was submitted to The Tribune by Long Beach resident Thomas M. O’Hare, nephew of 2nd Lt. Jacobsen.
We note here that this letter was written on a typewriter and had been photocopied at least once, if not many times, and thus in some parts was rendered illegible, so the Tribune regrets any resultant inaccuracies regarding numbers and acronym.
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Baldwin Freeport Tribune, Long Island, NY