Edward married Alta Holmes Ennis 21 Mar '42, at "Old St. Mary's Catholic Church" in Chicago, where she was working at Michael Reese Hospital. (although he met her near her hometown, Doylestown, PA.....a blind-date :) He then entered the AAC as a Radio/Gunner, then learned the1st Application of the Top-Secret Airborne RADAR. He flew across Atlantic Feb.'43 with Gen. Bob Knapp's 321st Bomb Group in the Med. Bomber B 25 Mitchell. The "now-famous 1st crossing of the Atlantic", an entire Group, without loss of a single ship.
T/Sgt Ed Ennis spent 13 months in Africa/Italy flying Combat Missions, surviving a crash after takeoff, complete loss (1 man died) 4 Oct.'43. (The 1st Group on the mainland of Italy, the 1st day). After returning from the MTO, he went to several bases then settled down to run the Field and Tower at Bradley Field, Conn. with his new friend, Lt Howard Roedl, untill the war ended.
After the war, Ed returned to Alta's Home-town of Doylestown PA with their 2 daughters, then their family grew with 2 more daughters and 1 son. They built a beautiful home for their family and Ed opened a floor covering business, Barb-Lin Floor Covering... successful owner/operator until retirement, mid-1970's, when Ed and Alta retired to Fla. and Golf ! They were very patriotic and civic minded, Ed joined the Lions Club, 14 years on the Doylestown Borough Council, Loyal Order of the Moose and Bowling League. As an avid golfer, Ed was a co-founder of the Montgomeryville Golf and CC and a long time member of the Doylestown Country Club. Ed, Alta and their family also enjoyed their summer home on the N.J. side of the Delaware River, Byram, for water-skiing and family fun in the '60 and 70's. They then had over 20 years of fun in the sun, ocean and sand .... boating, fishing and golfing in Florida !
Alta loved golfing especially, although she was a real Pro at fishing, especially off the sea wall at their home on the Indian River. Alta could clean a fish of any size in record time :)
Edward and Alta moved back to Bucks County, PA in the 1990's and Edward lived to be over 90, passing quietly on 25 Jan. 2005. They were married just shy of 63 years. On this date as I write this story, Ed's wife, Alta was 90 years and 5 and 1/2 mo. old when she passed on 7 Jan. 2009 and daughter, Barbi is now a Researcher for the 57th Bomb Wing, and the Historian for his Group, the 321st Bomb Group. The B 25 Mitchells of the 12th Air Force.
321st Bomb Group, Ed Ennis and 321stBG, 57th Bomb Wing
Ed's WW II Web-site and PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
Barbara Ennis Connolly, Prescott, AZ 14 June, 2009