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Old 3rd July 2015, 21:10
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US citizen in the RCAF - later Flight Officer E L Decker USAAF - KIA 8 June 1944

This request concerns a US citizen who enlisted in the RCAF (date and location unknown) and then he transferred to the USAAF in August 1943, and he was lost on 8 June 1944 when his P47 Thunderbolt was shot down, or crashed after losing control.

Basic details that I have are as follows (see also this link http://fox4kc.com/2015/06/03/kansas-...ory-in-france/ :

'Edmund Lamont Decker was born in Kansas City, MO June 7, 1920.

His mother, Hazel Ann McFerren Decker died in August, 1920. There is no record of his father who was named after.

He had a sister named Martha Louise Decker Cottrell.

He attended Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO and graduated in 1938.

He attended 3 years of college (Park College in Kansas City) and worked as a mailroom clerk at Skelly Oil.

At some point he left for Canada and joined the RCAF. The date and reason are unknown. (They are obviously not aware of the US citizens who enlisted in the RCAF before Pearl Harbor)

His service number and rank while in the RCAF were R125377 and his was listed as F/S E.L. Decker. (I estimate he enlisted in the RCAF in mid-1941, and obviously to become a F/S he had completed Flying Training, and as he transferred to the 8th USAAF he must have been posted to the UK to first an OTU then to either an RCAF or RAF Squadron in 1942, but this is just a best guess).

He was transferred to the USAAF in August, 1943 (some dates say August 8 another says August 16).

His American service number is T223119.

After transferring to the USAAF he was part of the 495th Fighter Training Group. Where he was trained to fly P47 Thunderbolts.

In March of 1944 he was part of the 8th Air Force 365th Fighter Group/361st Fighter Squadron.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart.

He was shot down on June 8, 1944. Members of his squadron thought he over corrected or somehow caused his plane to stall, but German reports of the crash indicate that he was shot down.

He was buried 3 times, the last being the American Cemetery in Normandy.'

Unfortunately he does not feature on the Paradie Archive: Royal Canadian Air Force Personnel 1939 - 1945 - http://aircrewremembered.com/Paradie/Par...hiveD.html

More information has come out about his USAAF service, but we still need information on his RCAF service - please see http://normandy.whitebeamimages.ie/f...ghlight=Decker

This request has also been posted on the RAF Commands Forum

Many thanks

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Old 4th July 2015, 00:51
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Re: US citizen in the RCAF - later Flight Officer E L Decker USAAF - KIA 8 June 1944

http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-buri...6#.VZcDcVIwDs0
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Old 4th July 2015, 01:09
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Re: US citizen in the RCAF - later Flight Officer E L Decker USAAF - KIA 8 June 1944

Hello,

http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-buri...6#.VZcDcVIwDs0

P-47D, 42-75556 - MACR 5589.

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Re: US citizen in the RCAF - later Flight Officer E L Decker USAAF - KIA 8 June 1944

Allen,
Check with the Public Archives of Canada (or whatever they are called now) for a copy of his service record. Since you can document that he is deceased, you should be able to get the entire file. But it should be noted that it will only cover the information supplied at enlistment, and then his service (training, etc) while in Canada. Once he leaves Canada they lose track of him.

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Re: US citizen in the RCAF - later Flight Officer E L Decker USAAF - KIA 8 June 1944

I believe the request for the Canadian records must be done by mail. As pointed out above restrictions apply, but I think this is the form you need to use. (Perhaps others can provide a correct link if this is wrong.) They do not have the information online. You need to provide proof of death but perhaps a printout of information in the online US files will work.

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/o...-909.007-e.pdf
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Re: US citizen in the RCAF - later Flight Officer E L Decker USAAF - KIA 8 June 1944

Thanks to all - we have all the information about his USAAF service, but thank you Alex for your kindness in providing the MACR link, it is the RCAF side that is lacking in his story.

But I am grateful for the RCAF links and will pass them on to the ladies in the US who are doing the main research, and this will then close the loop for them.

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