669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Edward Julius Renth, Jr.

Lt Col, Pilot, USAF Retired

February 25, 1920 - January 2, 2008

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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USMA cadet Ed Renth

Edward J. Renth, Jr. was born in Chicago (1920) and graduated from West Point in the class of June 1943.  
He was assigned to the 669th Bomb Squadron of the 416th Bomb Group in September 1943 and was one of sixteen
West Point pilots to ship out for the ETO in January 1944 as an A-20 and A-26 pilot.  After the war, Ed stayed on active duty with the U.S. Air Force
and logged time in an experimental modified A-26 with a jet engine mounted in the aft fuselage.  
He later flew the F-80 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre Jet fighters as well as B-36 and B-52 Bombers.  
During the Vietnam War he commanded the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron.  
He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel and died at San Antonio, Texas on January 2, 2008.