1st Lt. Edward L.’’Bud’’ Berthold

702nd Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.

Edward L. Berthold was born on November 20, 1919 in Chicago, IL.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he didn’t want to be in the infantry. He went into active duty service on October 1, 1943 and trained at Santa Ana Army Air Base in California as a B-24 Bomber pilot.

On March 4, 1944, Ed shipped out and was assigned as a co-pilot with the 702nd Bomb Squadron, 445th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He flew to Iceland, Ireland and finally England at Tibenham Airfield in Norfolk. On his first mission, the number three engine caught fire and they had to land and abort the mission, only flying for two hours and 25 minutes. On the second mission, the prop governor wouldn’t work, so they couldn’t fly their mission. His third mission was on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Ed co-piloted a mission to bomb the town bridge of St. Lo, France. By his last 4 missions, he was leading as pilot aboard the B-24 “Fort Worth Maid.” It was shot down seven weeks after he left Europe. In total, Ed flew 35 missions in just two months.

He was honorably discharged September 30, 1945.