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Edward Wright Noble, Jr.

Lieutenant, Army

Hometown: Gloucester County, VA

Lieutenant Edward Wright Noble served with the Fourth Ferry Command after flying 50 missions over Africa, Sicily and Italy.

Edward was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; he was one of three children and his family moved to Gloucester, Virginia.  His mother died shortly thereafter in 1931.

Edward applied for a seaman’s certificate at age 19 and he attended Hampden Sydney College for two years.  He was employed by E I Dupont in Richmond, Virginia, where he worked as a laboratory technician.

He enlisted in the Air Corps on January 19, 1942, in Richmond, Virginia and he was sent for training at Randolph Field, Texas where he received his wings.  He was sent to Italy where he flew over 50 missions over Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He returned to the United States and was a pilot instructor before joining the Fourth Ferry Command.

On April 15, 1945, Lt. Noble was flying a B26 Magruder #44-68173 that crashed in Belem, Brazil.  He was buried at Ware Episcopal Church Cemetery, Gloucester, Virginia.

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