B. Edwards,"Ace", died Sunday, February 27, 2000. He was born
on June 5, 1922, in Albuquerque, the son of Lelia and Asa
Edwards. Ace grew up in Albuquerque, graduated from Albuquerque
High School in 1940, and began work in the Albuquerque National
WWII began, he joined the Army Air Corps and, following Aviation
Cadet and Bombardier training joined the 39th Bomb Group as
a Bombardier in a B29 Superfortress. As part of the 39th Bomb
Group, he deployed to Guam where he flew numerous combat missions
in the Pacific, including Japan.
the war, he converted to reserve status and returned to Albuquerque
to work again at the Albuquerque National Bank. In 1949, he
married Eva L. Jennings of Clovis, N.M.
the Korean War started, Ace was recalled to active duty and
flew combat missions in Korea, again in the B29. Following
the Korean War, he remained in the Air Force as a career officer
with a career that spanned 33 years of service to his country
and assignments throughout the United States, England, Germany,
finished his Air Force career with two successive tours as
Communications Squadron Commander and finally as a Deputy
Group Commander at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA.
retired from military service in 1975 at the rank of Colonel.
His decorations include the Legion
of Merit, two Distinguished
Flying Crosses, the Meritorious
Service Medal, three Air
Medals, and two Air
Force Commendation Medals plus numerous campaign ribbons
from his combat service in two wars.
1976, following the death of his wife, Eva, he returned home
to Albuquerque to live. In 1978, he married Barbara Dixon,
a lifelong resident of Albuquerque. After a few years living
on the northeast side of town, he and Barbara found a special
southwestern style house in the northwest of Albuquerque,
which they bought and began working to turn into a showplace
for southwestern living. They did much of the work themselves,
taking advantage of Barbara's artistic abilities and Ace's
know how or ability to learn to do anything. He and Barbara
continued to live in this house to this date.
Edwards will be remembered as a loving husband and father,
deeply committed to his family, as a patriot that served his
country for over three decades, and as a good friend to many
who knew him well and others who only knew him in passing.
He will be missed by all.
TWENTIETH AIR FORCE
APO 234, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco California
6 August 1945
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OF THE DISTINGUISHED-FLYING CROSS--By direction
of the President, under the provisions of the
Act of Congress approved 2 July 1926 (Bull 8,
WD, 1926), and pursuant to authority delegated
by Headquarters United States Army Strategic
Air Forces in classified letter, file 323, subject:
"Delineation of Administrative Responsibilities",
dated 16July 1945, announcement is made of,
the award of the Distinguished-Flying Cross
to the following named officers and enlisted
men of the 60th Bombardment Squadron, 39th Bombardment
extraordinary achievement while participating
in aerial flight on 10 May 1945. These individuals
were crew members of a B-29 based in the Marianas
Islands which led and entire bombardment wing
on a highly successful raid against a heavily
defended priority target, Otake oil refinery and
storage area on the island of Honshu, Japan. From
the assembly point, their formation was attacked
by thirty-six fighters. Throughout the bomb run,
intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was thrown
up by the island's defenders a high wind far in
excess of the velocity anticipated, complicated
the task of these crew members. In spite of this
fierce opposition, they preformed their duties
so capably that all the bombs from their aircraft
landed within 1000 feet of the aiming points;
they touched off the formation's attack so well
that ninety-five percent of the entire bomb load
fell within this range. By their display of high
courage and superior airmanship, they effectively
carried out their assignments, contributing materially
to the successful prosecution of the air war against
Japan, thereby reflecting high credit on themselves
and the Army Air Forces.
Lieutenant Asa B. Edwards, xxxxxxx, Air Corps,
United States Army, as Bombardier.
Lieutenant Douglas H. Wingo, xxxxxxxx, Air Corps,
United States Army, Navigator.