Earle J. Aber Jr.

World War II
Service #O-437946
Unit406th Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group, Heavy
RankLieutenant Colonel U.S. Army Air Forces
Entered Service From Wisconsin
Date of DeathMarch 4 1945
Air Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Silver Star
Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre with Sword

On March 4, 1945 a B17 piloted by Lt. Col. Earle J. Aber, Jr., crashed into the North Sea. While most of the crew bailed out, he and his co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Maurice J. Harper, both lost their life that day. A search after the crash only produced limited remains belonging to Aber. His family chose to have these recovered remains interred at Cambridge American Cemetery. In the late 1990s/early 2000s, further remains were recovered from the crash site. Some of the remains were positively identified as belonging to Aber, some were positively identified as belonging to Harper, and some could not be positively identified. The remains of Aber were added to his gravesite at Cambridge American Cemetery. The remains of Harper were buried in a private cemetery in the United States at the request of his family, and the comingled remains that could not be identified were interred together at Arlington National Cemetery.