Final Flight Lt. Ed Horn 344th BG 497th BS

The 344th Bomb Group mourns the Passing of Edward Horn. Ed was the president of the 344th Bomb Group Association.

ED HORN CADET ColorizedOur deepest sympathy to his family including his son, Chris Horn. Chris is the secretary/treasurer of the organization and has been key to the organization.

Chris and Ed Horn

Chris and Ed have been inseparable for many years. Chris insured that Ed was comfortable and kept involved in worthwhile activities in his later years. No man ever had a better son.

Chris Ed Horn and Carl


Edward William Horn, 95, of Palm Beach Gardens, took his last flight on 14 May, 2020. Edward was the sixth of seven children of Alfred Horn and Anna Kreibich Horn, having been born in Charleroi, PA in 1924. After graduation from high school in 1942, Edward enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He graduated in the Flight Cadet Class of 43-I, and upon being commissioned a 2nd Lt, went toSavannah, Ga. Army AF where he was issued a new Martin B-26 Marauder Bomber, which he flew as co-pilot from Morrison Field (PBIA) West Palm Beach, Fl. in early Jan 1944 and made a 9000 nm flight to England arriving at his Base assigned to the 344th Bomb Group, 497th Squadron, at Stanstead Field, North of London in Feb1944.

On May 28th on his 23rd Mission, his plane was shot down over Amiens, France and was captured by Germans and became a Prisoner of War. He was transferred to Stalag Luft 3 at Sagan, Poland. The movie “The Great Escape” was based on the mass escape that took place from this camp in March 1944. He was liberated on April 29th, 1945 by General Patton and his Third Army at Stalag 7A at Moosburg.

He attended Penn State University, after discharge and received a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering under the G.I. Bill. While in college, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. His employer for 30yrs was the USAF at WPAFB, Dayton, OH. He was proud to have known and worked with Hans Von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle (the inventors of the jet engine). Following his retirement, he moved to Palm Beach Gardens, and was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. He was in the Air Force Reserve and retired with a rank of Major, and was recalled to flying status for 2 yrs during the Korean War, but did not serve overseas.

During his retirement years, he traveled and golfed. He was a volunteer at the WPB VAMC where he supervised the AARP free tax return program. He was also active in the choir at St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral which included a performance in Vatican City.

Santo and Ed Horn

Santo Endrizzi and Ed Horn enjoy each other’s company at a 344th BG reunion.

He was an active member of Military Officers Association of American, as well as a member of a WW2 POW speakers group that spoke at Colleges and High Schools. Ed was also a frequent attendee of The Ride Home which honored POW’s in Andersonville, GA. He loved music and was a patron of the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches, having been both a guest conductor and a featured performer.

He was married to Virginia M Horn for 60yrs, and who preceded him in 2009. He is survived by several generations of nieces and nephews, his 96 year old brother in law John Robert McGrath Sr,, and his son, Christopher, of Palm City. Final resting will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Funeral arrangements are by Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral Home (561-848-9641).


Web Profile
Friends Journal Spring 2018 Includes Article About Ed Horn

Stansted Airport Celebrates 7oth anniversary with Ed Horn and 344th (new 11/10/13)