M.540  First Officer Ernest Edward Gasser 

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 b. 16 Feb 1910, Peoria IL.

Parents both Swiss.

28 Apr 1941 to Dec-41 

 

     

 Studied Engineering and Accountancy in College, then in the US Marine Corps (Radio & Comms) 1931-35

Started flying at Washington Airport on Fleet in 1936, then 1939 on Taylor Cubs and Aeronca. Bought his own Aeronca Chief, took a commercial pilot's license and an instructor's course in Rockville.

A corporal in the Washington DC Special Police, as a radio operator.

prev exp  445hrs on Aeronca, Fleet, Wco, Stinson, Fairchild, Cub.

Address in 1941: 4848 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD


Trained on Magister, Hawk, DH Moth and Avro Tutor; completed his training on Harvard and Hurricane in Aug 1941

 Hurricane II 

d. 7 Dec 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - in Hurricane IIb Z5663; became lost in snowstorm and nose-dived into ground in Wyre Forest, nr the Button Oak Inn, 5mi NW of Bewdley, Worcestershire.

 the button oak inn The Button Oak Inn, 2015

 

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Buried in All Saints Church, Wribbenhall on the 10th December. The pall bearers were Sergeant Pilots Jeffery (Canada), Munro (Canada), Brown (USA), Terry (USA), Isfield (Canada) and Wilson (USA).

Chief Mourners were F/O Jack Terry, F/O Anthony Storey, and Miss Stamford. The many wreaths included one from Mrs Jane Spence, "the only American-born resident in Bewdley."

His wife Mrytle wrote "Numbers of my husband's friends, both officers and fellow-pilots, have written to me. Will you please give them my sincere thanks? I'm glad he made so many friends, and I appreciate their sympathy."


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