Lt. Roy B. Edge
First Lieutenant Roy B. Edge, Army Air Corps pilot, based in England, has been killed in action, according to a message received by his father, R. W. Edge, Thursday morning. Details were lacking, but it is presumed that he was killed in a bombing mission over Germany. He was a pilot of a B-26.
The last letter received by relatives from Lt. Edge was dated September 1, and at that time he had completed 65 missions.
Lt. Edge was here on a 30-day furlough in July, after which he was immediately returned to the front. He has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and at the time he was at home in July had four added clusters.
His father, one sister, Miss Louise Edge, of Atlanta; three half sisters and half brother, survives the gallant flying hero. John D. Edge, of Calhoun, is his uncle.
Lt. Roy Ballard Edge was killed in action in England on August 31, the War Department has notified his father, R. W. Edge, of Marietta. Pilot of a B-26, Lt. Edge was based in England with the Ninth Bomber Command.
A graduate of Calburn High school in May 1941, Lt. Edge enlisted immediately in the Army Air Corps, receiving his wings at Ellington Field, Texas, in December 1942. He was stationed at Barksdale Field, LA, for advanced flying and was sent to England in March 1943.
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and nine Oak Leaf Clusters, Lt. Edge had completed 60 missions. He was home on a 30-day furlough in June 1944, after which he immediately returned to England, where he completed five more missions. Returning from the sixth, his plane became disabled over London, and to save the lives of civilians, he ordered his crew to bail out and gave his own life in making a forced landing. He has been recommended for the DSC.
Lt. Edge was a member of the Edgewood Baptist church in Atlanta. His sister is Miss Louise Edge, who makes her home with Mrs. W. M. Dacus in Edgewood.