Name: LYON Edgar E
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Regiment / Service: U.S. Army Air Forces 714th Bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group, Heavy
Date of Death: 02/01/1945
Service No: 16033854
Cemetery: Cambridge Military Cemetery, England
Details: Edgar E Lyon
Grave / Memorial Ref: Plot F, Row 6, Grave 140
Address or Parish:
Additional info: Passenger on board Liberator B-24J 42-52003. Unit 714th BG, 448th BG, USAAF. Crashed Burn Fell. Three others killed.
Headstone in Cambridge Military Cemetery - photo from Duane Lyon
Further information was received, shown below, from a relative Duane Lyon.
Edgar Eugene Lyon
Edgar Eugene Lyon was born on 5 Oct. 1920 in Harrison, Michigan to Norris Ruben Lyon (1888- 1963) and Cecil May Young (1888- 1920). His mother died of complications from Edgar's birth two month's later on 4 Dec. 1920.
After the death of his mother, Edgar was raised by his paternal grandparents, principally his paternal grandmother Minnie O. Wellman (1867- 1939). Minnie had two husbands, Noah F. Lyon (1861-1934) and William I. Strubel (1863- 1939). Edgar lived with his grandmother until his marriage in 1942.
Edgar had two siblings: an older sister Eleanor Louine Lyon (1912- 2007) and an older brother Raymond Sidney Lyon (1916- 2008).
He married Margaret Cowdry on 7 March 1942 in Alma Michigan. They had one child: Carol Lynn Lyon, born on 16 Jan. 1943 in Alma, Michigan.
Edgar E. Lyon, Carol Lynn Lyon, Margaret C. Cowdrey Lyon
Carole married Robert H. Bauer on 11 Jun. 1960. They have three children (and thus Edgar's grandchildren): Robert Scott Bauer, Amy Lynn Bauer, and Adam Michael Bauer.
Edgar was drafted into the Army and began his military service on 26 May 1942. At the time of his death, he was a Staff Sergeant in England assigned to the 714th bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group, working on B-24 heavy bombers. His unit had been activated in mid-1943, and was then deployed to England to participate in the air offensive over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until Germany surrendered in May 1945.
Edgar's specific task was to maintain and repair bomber instrumentation. During and after high school, Edgar had worked in a jewelry store and was learning watch repair. These talents were apparently put to use, Edgar used these skills to maintain the delicate instrumentation on the B-24 bombers- which to the uninitiated seems like a hundred watches stuffed in the cockpit.
Edgar died on 2 Jan. 1945 over the Ribble Valley in Lancashire when the B-24 he was a passenger on lost its way in the fog and crashed into the side of a hill, slid to the top and hit a massive stone wall. He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial (also known as Madingley American Cemetery) in Plot F, Row 6, grave 140. This site is the only permanent American World War II military cemetery in England. He is buried with 3812 other American servicemen and women, most of whom were crew members of British-based American Aircraft.
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