Edgar J. Eggen

Information Submitted by Audree Ayres, Eau Claire
Mrs. Julia Eggen has received word from the War Department that her son, Staff Sergeant Edgar J. Eggen had been reported missing in action since December 5 over Germany. Sergeant Eggen had been with the United States Army Air Force four years, having enlisted on December 5, 1940, just four years before he was reported missing.

EDGAR EGGEN MISSING OVER GERMANY IN B-17
COMMUNITY IS HOPEFUL FOR RETURN OF YOUNG MAN 
MISSING SINCE DECEMBER 5
Related in a War Department telegram received here late last Wednesday evening was the regrettable news that Staff Sergeant Edgar J. Eggen, 22, son of Mrs. Julia Eggen, was reported missing in action over Germany since December 5.

Staff Sergeant Edgar Eggen was a member of a Flying Fortress, or B-17 crew, and was evidently on one of his first missions when he was reported as missing in action over Germany. 

He went overseas early in October 1944 and had been in action a comparatively short time when he was reported missing. 

One of the very first of the fine patriotic young men of the country to enlist for the service, Sergeant Eggen had been with the United States Army Air Force for four years. He enlisted in company with the late Robert Russell on  December 5, 1940, exactly four years before he was reported as missing over Germany. 

Edgar J. Eggen received his basic Army training at Keesler Field, MS. He graduated from the Aerial Gunnery (Flexible) School at T'yndall Field, Florida, and he received another diploma in basic engineering when he graduated from the University of Maryland on April 1, 1944. He received the aircraft armorer's diploma at Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado on May 23, 1942. He was also stationed in South Carolina; Nashville, TN; Lincoln, NE; and Ardmore, Oklahoma during his long period of service in the Army.  

The following is the War Department telegram received by Mrs. Eggen: 

12/27/44   
Washington, DC 
Mrs. Julia Eggen 
Colfax, Wisconsin 

The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son Staff Sergeant Edgar J. Eggen has been reported missing in action since 5 December over Germany. If further details or other information are received, you will be promptly notified.
[**data missing**]DUNLOP
[**data missing**]acting for Adjutant General. 

It is the sincere hope of everyone that Sergeant Eggen was able to parachute to safety from his plane which was either shot down or forced down over Germany. There is a strong possibility that he is either safe as a prisoner of war or that he may be even more fortunate in being able to return to his own forces. Further details are yet lacking.