669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Edgar Russell Hardesty

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  33720735

Killed In Action - Feb 25, 1945

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 16-Apr-1919, Calvert County, Maryland

Entered Military Service: Date: 13-Apr-1943 At: Baltimore, MD From: District of Colombia
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 33720735

Buried: Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery, Friendship, Maryland, Plot: GSN 589

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Edgar R. Hardesty

In the August 28, 1945 edition of the Washington Post an article reported his death back on Feb. 25th. He was an engineer gunner on a A-26 light bomber. Sgt Hardesty had completed all his scheduled missions; he died while on a volunteer flight over Duren, Germany. The only other crew member was the pilot. The plane took a direct hit from enemy fire. At the time he died his home address was on 17th St. in S.E. D.C. opposite Congressional cemetery. His wife Rose lived there. Prior to the war, Edgar was born and raised in nearby Calvert county, Md. He had attended Strayer Business College (today known as Strayer University) before going to work at the Federal Works Agency in the mail and file room. He entered the military in April of 1943, going to basic training in Miami, Fla., then on to Goldsboro, N. Carolina for mechanical training, and then gunnery training at Fort Meyers, Florida. By Sept. of 1944 he had been sent overseas to Europe for his next duty.

Besides his wife, he was survived by his twin brother Sgt. Edwin Hardesty, an Army engineer and another brother Wilson.Also his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Walter J. Hardesty of Owings, Md. in Calvert county.

At the World War II memorial website his hometown is shown as Washington, D.C. He was part of the U.S Army Air Forces, 669th Bomb Squadron, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force.

His remains were most likely not returned until sometime after the wars end but before the early 1950s like so many others who were shot down over enemy territory.

His record ID # in the National Archives (NARA War Dept files) is 33720735 and he's shown as Killed in Action (KIA).

Extracted from Find A Grave.com

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft.

One aircraft was hit by flak over the target. The left engine was knocked completely out of the nacelle and the plane turned over on its back. It went out of control and into a spin. No chutes were seen. The crew, Lt J.J. Farley and Sgt E.R. Hardesty, are listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1945)

See also MACR 12726 and Mission # 214

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Monday, August 27, 1945, Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia), Page 2
Monday, August 27, 1945, Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia), Page 2
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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