Edner, Selden Raymond, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Primary Unit
1949-1949, United States Defense Attache Office (USDAO)
Service Years
1942 - 1949
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Jose, California
Last Address
Greece

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1949
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Greece
Conflict
In The Line of Duty
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cemetery Unknown

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)8th Air Force335th Fighter Squadron  - Chiefs336th Fighter Squadron  - Rocketeers
4th Fighter GroupUS Air ForceDepartment of Defense (DOD)
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1945, 8th Air Force
  1943-1943, 335th Fighter Squadron - Chiefs
  1943-1944, 336th Fighter Squadron - Rocketeers
  1944-1944, 4th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1949-1949, United States Defense Attache Office (USDAO)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1942-1943 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Colleges Attended 
San Jose State University
  1937-1940, San Jose State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
Supermarine Spitfire  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  AT-6 Texan  
  1942-1942, Supermarine Spitfire
  1942-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1949-1949, AT-6 Texan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In 1949 Lt. Col Edner was an "Air Attache" to Greece. At the time Greece was involved in a Civil War with communist guerrillas. While flying in the back seat as an observer in a Greek AT-6 reconnaissance plane, the aircraft was shot down by guerrilla AA fire near Karpenision, Greece. The pilot, Lieutenant Panayiotis Tsoukas was killed and Lt. Col Edner was injured in the crash landing. All evidence indicates that he was hanged by the enemy and brutally mutilated. The following newspaper article provides a more explicit accounting:

Greek Guerrillas Accused In Slaying
Mutilation of U.S. Colonel is Charged

ATHENS, Feb 18 (AP)-U.S. Army headquarters said today that an unarmed American observer, Lieut. Col Selden R. Edner, 30, San Jose, Calif., had been 'brutally killed' by Greek guerrillas after his plane crash-landed in Karpenision Jan. 21. The Greek pilot of the plane, Lieut. Panayiotis Tsoukas, also was killed, an army statement said. Their plane, a small trainer on a reconnaissance mission, presumably was shot down by guerrilla fire.

The army statement said the testimony of Greek witnesses indicated Colonel Edner was alive when he was captured by guerrillas shortly after the crash. When his mutilated body was discovered on Feb. 9, the statement said, 'Its head had been beaten and crushed beyond recognition and there was a noose about his neck.' The body was stripped of outer clothing. Colonel Edner's body was positively identified from medical records, the statement said. He was a member of the Joint U.S. Military advisory and planning group in Greece."
Source: Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Friday, February 18, 1949
   
Comments/Citation
Lt. Col. Selden Edner was born in January 26, 1919 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, but resided in San Jose, California when he was turned down by the American Air Force because he was too tall. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. After flight school he was assigned to No. 121 Eagle Squadron, RAF, in England where he distinquished himself an ace pilot. In September of 1942 he was transferred to the U.S. Army Air Forces in England and promoted to Captain. By this time he had flown the Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire, and Seafire 47. He returned to the United States and served as an instructor pilot until he joined the 336th Fighter Squadron in England in October of 1943. He took command of the 336th in November of 1943 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In January of 1944 he was Operations Officer for the 4th Fighter Group and later Executive Officer of the 4th FG. On March 8, 1944, he was forced to bail out over Germany and taken Prisoner of War. He was released to the U.S. in June of 1945 and after the war returned to flying service.

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http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_ednersrweb_a.pdf

http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/203848
   
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