Edward Arthur Bagwell  was born on 25 August 1920 in Georgia to William Richard Bagwell and Susie C. Hice. He graduated at Chattanooga High School in 1938.
He died non Battle on 26 February 1943

Buried Chattanooga National Cemetery,  Chattanogga, TN,  Sec MA Site 21

FLT O US Army Air Corps
Enlisted 4 December 1940, Ft McPherson, GA

Panama City, FL Bomber Crash, Mar 1943
Posted January 21st, 2008 by Linda Horton
Texan Believed Lost As Plane Wreck Found

PANAMA CITY, Fla., March 7 AP.—Tyndall Field officials announced Sunday that wreckage of an airplane discovered on St. George Island had been identified as that of a medium bomber which took off Feb. 26 from the Atlanta air base.

The announcement said it was believed that the crew of six had perished, and identified the men as:

Flight Officer Edward Arthur Bagwell, pilot, son of W. R. Bagwell, pilot, Chattanooga, Tenn. Second Lieut. Thomas Frederick Brown, copilot, son of Mrs. Bessie Allen Brown, Princeton, W. Va. Flight Officer Albert Dalton Braswell, son of W. D. Braswell, Blue Ridge, Texas Sergt. F. M. MORIN, crew chief, son of Peter Emil Morin, Superior, Wis. Sergt. James A. Smith, son of James A. Smith, Hahira, Ga., and Cpl. Gene D. Hofherr, son of Mrs. Minnie Hofherr, Yorktown, Ind.

The bomber was on a routine administrative flight from the Atlanta air base to Tyndall Field here, officials said.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 8 Mar 1943

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 11 March 1943
Memorial services for Flgith Officer Ed Bagwell, son of Sgt. And Mrs. W.R. Bagwell, 1909 East 13th Street, who died recently in the crash of his army plane in Florida, will be hed at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Highland Park. At the request of Fligth Officer Bagwell’s mother and family his body will be cremated and the ashed spread from an army plane over the route of his last flight, which began at Atlanta and ended in a crash fatal to six men at St. George Island, nine miles south of Apalachicola, Fla. The wrechage of the plane and the bodies of the six members of Flight Officer Bagwell’s crew was found by searching parties several days after it was reported missing. All bodies have been identified.
Flight Officer Bagwell is survived by his parents, Sgt. W.R. Bagwell and Mrs. Susie Bagwell; two sisters, Miss Hortense Bagwell and Mrs. Joe Thompson Jr., of Chattanooga; brother, Pvt. Jack Bagwell, Newport, Ark., in the air corps; grandmother, Mrs. Minnie Bagwell, Memphis; three aunts, Mrs. S.G. Frazier, Blackshear, Ga.; Mrs. Ed Conger, Rock Springs, Ga., and Mrs. J.C. Liles, Memphis. The late Dr. E.H. Hice of Rock Springs was his grandfather.

  • Rank: Flight Officer
  • Date of birth:
  • 25 August 1920
  • Date of death: 26 February 1943
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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