1943 — Italy
Edward was born in 1914, the last of 8 children, in Lambertville, NJ to Eugene and Helen (Carswell) Ennis. His parents passed while he was young, he lived with family and to help to support the family, he worked & also graduated Little Flower, Germantown, Phila. PA. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 was on his 15th Birthday. By then he was working full time, 66 hrs. a week for $5.00. He 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.
He 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 first met his 1st daughter, Lynette already over 4 months old......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. Barbi (321stBG Historian) was born there, 4 July, 1945 and Howie and his wife Tess are her Godparents.
After the war, he returned to Alta's Home-town of Doylestown PA with his 2 daughters, then their family grew with 2 more daughters and 1 son. He built a beautiful home for his family and opened a floor covering business, Barb-Lin Floor Covering... successful owner/operator until retirement, mid-1970's, to retire to Fla. and Golf ! He was very patriotic and civic minded, 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 his 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 !
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 would have been married 63 years....This date of their Anniversary (21 March) was chosen for his Military Funeral with the USAF Honor Guard from McGuire AFB and a 21 Gun Salute.
On this date as I write this story, Ed's wife, Alta is 90 and 4 mo. 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.
(Now May of 2011, Alta passed on 9 Jan. 2009 at the age of 90 and one half).
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher and Historian for Ed's 321st Bomb Group as well as the 319th Bomb Group, MTO, B-25's ...North Africa, Italy, Corsica. WWII ... PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
CONTINUED; http://www.footnote.com/page/86867806_edward_c_ennis/ Page 2