Hunter, Eldon D., Jr., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 737-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 737, Air Corps Ferrying Command
Service Years
- 1944
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Staff Sergeant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
Not Specified
This Military Service Page was created/owned by CMSgt Don Skinner-Deceased to remember Hunter, Eldon D., Jr., SSgt.

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Home Town
Edisto Island
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 01, 1944
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity
Records concerning SSgt Eldon Hunter are scarce. No NARA enlistment record can be found. Clemson University records show he graduated from there in 1941. It also states he was born in Edisto, Island, South Carolina, but the date is not given. Based on age and experience a guess would be circa 1920.

He was acting as flight engineer on a B-24 being ferried in the South Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft left Waller Field in the British West Indies, bound for Belem, Brazil. It made one radio check en route, and was never heard from again.

An intensive aircraft and blimp air search was made, but no trace of the aircraft was found.

All personnel aboard are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the East Coast Memorial, located in New York, New York.
www.accident-report. com/crews/alpha/namehite-hy.html
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Other Comments:
SSgt HUnter was flight engineer on B-24H # 41-28773, no known name.

There were two Missing Air Crew Reports issued for this incident, 2452 and 2602. They identify the crew as:

1 Lt James S. Buchanan    p
2 Lt Victor R. Harmon   c-p
2 Lt John F. Healy   nav
SSgt Eldon D. Hunter, Jr.    eng
SSgt Lawrence Garsha   r/o
Cpl Benjamin M. Evans    passenger (radar mech)
Cpl Louis J. Enderle    passenger (radar mech)

A notation on one of the MACRs speculates a fire caused by a gas leak as the cause of the mishap. It goes on to note that 12 aircraft had been delayed at Waller Field for that reason in the past three weeks.

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  1944-1944, AAF MOS 737, Air Corps Ferrying Command
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