Ankli, Edward V., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home Country
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Benton Harbor
Last Address
Thorpe-Abbotts, England

Casualty Date
Oct 06, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 8, Grave 14

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 (2nd Award)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training CoursesAerial Gunnery School100th Bombardment Group, Heavy350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 737, Basic Flight Engineer Course
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, Aerial Gunnery School
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 748, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-2001, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Edward V. Ankli was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1924, but referred to Berrion, Michigan as his home. His parents were Victor C and Anna Ankli. He had one sister, Lorraine. He enlisted on August 31, 1942 at South Bend, Indiana.

He initially received training as a flight engineer, and also qualified in aerial gunnery school. He spent time in an operational training unit, receiving combat crew training. He was assigned to a replacement crew and deployed to England in 1944. Here, the crew was assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron of the 100th Bomb Group, operating from RAF Station 139, Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk, England.

The crew had flown either 3 or 4 missions (accounts vary) when scheduled for a bombing raid on Berlin, Germany. Over the target, the aircraft took a direct hit from flak that landed between the #1 and #2 engine. The wing caught fire, then fell off the aircraft. The aircraft dropped from formation, spinning rapidly, and crashed near Finkenburg, 10 km west of Spandau, Germany. No chutes were observed; however, one crewman managed to bail out. He survived and was captured. The remainder were killed.

The bomb load detonated sometime after the crash and killed a German female who was attempting to assist the crew. Eight bodies were recovered and buried as "Unknowns" in the Communal Cemetery at Falkenser, Germany. (See attached photo.) In August 1947, four of the crew were identified and returned to the U.S. The other four were buried in two grave sites in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. TSgt Ankli lies in Plot A, Row 8, Grave 14.


TSgt Ankli was the engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G  # 43-37882, nicknamed "Happy-Go-Lucky," assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 9509 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Frederick G. Reed    p
2 Lt Edward A. Hesse    c-p
F/O John T. Carmichael    nav
2 Lt Edmund W. Rhode    bomb
TSgt Edward V. Ankli    eng/tt gun
Cpl Robert H. Bennett    r/o
TSgt Robert E. Jackson    btg
Cpl Leo A. Southard     lwg
SSgt Rosario "Roy" F. Lomanno   rwg
Sgt Joseph J. Burghardt    tail gun

Sgt Southard was dropped from the crew when crew size was reduced from 10 to 9.

In the crew photo, TSgt Ankli is in front, extreme right.

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