Edward F NILAND

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER32251492
DATE OF BIRTH22 december 1912 Tonawanda Comté d'Erie NEW YORK
STATEErie County NEW YORK
FAMILYParent: Michael C & Augusta Witzke NILAND
RANKTechnical Sergeant
FONCTIONRadio Operator / Gunner
JOB before ENLISTEMENT NY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT3 march 1942 Fort Niagara Youngstown NEW YORK
SQUADRON434th Bomb Squadron
GROUP12th Bomb Group
ARMY20th US Army Air Force
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STORY
Edward was captured by Japanese troops following the crash of his bomber on May 16, 1944.
Edward will be a prisoner for about a year.
He is taken prisoner and interned at Rangoon prison in Burma.
Edward was repatriated in May 1945
Edward will die in 1984

 

 


The NILAND Brother

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Monument in Memory of the Brothers NILAND in Tonawanda By Illona

 

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Homage of the Niland brothers to the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville

The NILAND Brothers and the Press

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The brothers NILAND were separated following the dramas of the brothers SULLIVAN.

The US military has decided to separate the brothers serving in the same units to prevent a sibling from being defeated.
The SULLIVAN brothers are all 5 deceased in the sinking of USS JUNEAU.

This ship was torpedoed on November 13, 1942 during the battle of GUADALCANAL.

687 sailors including 5 brothers SULLIVAN died on board

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INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT
PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud