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2nd Lt Edward Kammer
Radar Observer

Dad was born on 10-31-21 and passed on 04-27-83 at the age of 61. He lived in Detroit with his parents, Mary and Mike and 2 sisters Anna and Mary at 7838 Carrie St.,Detroit MI.
Graduated in 1939
Wilbur Wright High School Detroit MI
Major Course of Study: Manufacturing
Grinder for Packard Motor Co., Detroit, MI. Was a preision grinder for 1 year and working gears and tool parts. Set up jobs and read blueprints.
Date of Service:
Date of Separation
2d Lt
Military Occupation:
0142 Radar Observer
He operated, adjusted and performed flight maintenance on an APS-15 type radar equipment. Determined position of airplane with respect to pre-determined ground location to accurately place bombs on assigned targets through overcast. Interpreted radar scope presentation to obtain accurate infomation for fixes, altitude, air pilots, wings, ground speeds and track. Transmitted this info to pilot, navigator and bombardier. Had a thorough knowledge of bombsight equipment and D R Navigation. Flew 27 Combat Missions ofer Japenese Home Islands in B-29 type aircraft.
Military Education:
Gulfport Field, MS 16 week course in the complete maintenance of aircraft.
Chanute Field, IL 12 week course covering the complete electrical system of all type aircraft.
Laredo, TX 6 week course covering Flexible Gunnery (30 and 50 caliber machine guns)
9 weeks course in Physics, Mathematics, Aircraft and Naval Indentification, Maps and Charts, Computers, Auditory and Visual Code, als participated daily Physical Training and Military Drill.
Recieved approx. 4509 classroom hours in Pilotage and Dead Becking Navigation, Basic Theory of Bombing, Bombsights and Bomb Accessories, Bombing Analysis, Bombardment Aviation, Instruments, Computers, Code Aircraft and naval Recognition, Meteorology, and Duties/Responsibilities of Flight Officer (F/O) consisted of approx. 100 flying hours.
C T D:
Whittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio.
5 months course in math, Physics, History, English, Geography, First Aid, Drill, and Physical Training.
Langley Field, Va., 3 month course in Radar Navigation and Bombing. Instruction in Flight Maintenance of Radar Set and 50 hrs flying theory into Practice.
This Officer, Edward Kammer was an EM from 10/1942 thru 10/1943. Attained the Rank of Corporal
Date of Active Duty:
10 March 1945
Military Occupational Specialty:
Radar Observer (Bombardier) 0142
Battles and Campaigns:
Air Offensive Japan ( GO 25/45)
Decorations and Citations
DFC (GO 11/45) with Oak Leaf Cluster (GO 57/45), Air Medal (GO 101/45) w/2 OLC (GO 25/45) Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon (WD Cir 62/44) American Theatre Ribbon and WW2 Vicotry Medal (WD Gir. 326/45)
Service Outside Continetial US and Return
Date of Departure
Date of Arrival
10 March 1945
SW Pacific - Guam
Lapel Button Issued -
ASR SCore (2 Sep 45) 71 points
Commissioned Overseas:
Radar Oberserver (Bombardment)
Langle Field, VA: F/O (November, 1944)

Personal Life:

Rose Mary Simun in 1945.
Family: 3 Children, 2 sons, Michael and Edward Jr and 1 Daughter, Kathleen; 14 grandchildren 5 great grandchildren.
Residence: Allen Park, MI
Employment:   Griffin Engineering, Detroit, MI
Rex Industries, Melvindale, MI
Retired at age 60
Dad was very community minded and was active in community service. He was one of 9 members of the Committee to write the charter for the Village of Allen Park to become a city in 1956. He belong to the Dads Club, Kwianas, K of C. Father Saylor Council (was Grand Knight and Past Grand Knight) Council, Allen Park Community Council (held office as President and Past President), Safety Commissioner of the Allen Park Fire and Police, Active in the Boy Scouts, Parishnor and Usher at St. Francis Cabrini Church and the Elks. Dad was an all a round kinda of guy.

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Source: Kathi Kammer Higgison, daughter