Earl Lloyd Hammond

Gets Air Medal and Promotion
CAPT. EARL L. HAMMOND
Earl L. Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond, Route 1, was promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain in the Army Air Corps in October, according to word received by his mother. He was also awarded the Air Medal.

Captain Hammond, pilot of a four-engine bomber, served through the North African Campaign and was forced down in Sicily during that campaign, dropping onto an airfield just seized by the Americans.

He is now Flight Commander, directing the operations of a bombing squadron.


LT. EARL L. HAMMOND
By Don Whitehead 
WITH THE UNITED STATES SEVENTH ARMY IN SICILY, July 17 (Delayed) (AP) - Dirty Girty, from somewhere in North Africa, was the first Flying Fortress to land on Sicily, but it was an unscheduled stop, which had the crew thinking that maybe Girty's sixty-third bombing mission over enemy territory would be her last.

The bomber was in plenty of trouble when First Lieutenant Earl Hammond of Eau Claire, WI set her down on an emergency landing strip that invasion troops captured several days ago.

"I'm certainly glad you boys took this strip of land," Hammond told a cheering crowd of soldiers, which gathered around the battered plane. "If you hadn't,  I'd be floating around in the Mediterranean somewhere."

"Dirty Girty was one of a large flight of Fortresses which went over the toe of Italy this morning to bomb San Giovanni. The raid was directed at the harbor, from which small boats and ferries have been plying the strait to Sicily.

"When we went in for our bombing run, they threw everything but the kitchen stove at us," Hammond said. "There was ample flak and plenty accurate."

"Yeah," added Lieutenant Joseph Pearson of Goldsboro, NC, the co-pilot, "we were just leaving the target when the No. 2 engine went out; then No. 4 went out. We managed to get No. 2 started up again, running half-power, when No. 3 conked out. It looked like all of them were going out at one time.

"But our squad stayed with us, until they saw that enemy fighters weren't going to jump us."


Lieutenant Hammond is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond, Route 1, Eau Claire. Last spring, Hammond flew a bomber over Eau Claire and gave many residents a thrill by hedge-hopping in the section of the city near his home.

He went overseas in May, in command of a bomber crew. The name Dirty Girty in not unfamiliar in Eau Claire.


Flying Cross Is Awarded Captain Earl Hammond
Captain Earl L. Hammond, Eau Claire bomber pilot serving in the Italian Theater of Operations, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, his mother, Mrs. E. Hammond, has been notified.

Captain Hammond has been active in the Mediterranean Theater for many months and participated in the invasions of Sicily and Italy with aerial support to ground operations.


Captain Hammond Gets Flying Cross
CAPT. EARL L. HAMMOND
The following item, written by Corporal A. Raymond Carey, was received from an Army Air Force Public Relations Office at a Bomber Base, believed to be in the Mediterranean area: 

Captain Earl L. Hammond, son of  Mrs. Lillian C. Hammond of Eau Claire, WI, was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross during  recent ceremonies held at this Army Air Forces  B-17 Flying Fortress Base. 

The citation for extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight over San Giovanni, Italy, read: 

"One engine on Captain  Hammond's plane was disabled by  anti-aircraft fire. Continuing on  with the formation, he skillfully enabled his bombardier to accurately bomb the target, although two other engines were disabled on the bomb run...his courage, coolness, and skill have reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States." 

Brigadier General J. H. Atkinson of Dallas, Texas pinned the decoration to the 22-year-old pilot's blouse, as they stood before a formation [**data missing**]


FLYER VISITS PLANT
Captain Earl L. Hammond, U.S. Army Air Corps Fortress Pilot, home on furlough, after completing fifty bombing missions in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, today visited the plant of the Northwestern Motor Company, where he was employed before entering the Armed Services in which he so signally distinguished himself. He went through the plant, greeted and shook hands with the men with whom he had worked, and was given a warm reception. Captain Hammond is spending the furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond, Route 1, Eau Claire.

Capt. E. L. Hammond Home on Leave After Distinguished Career as "Fortress" Pilot
CAPT. EARL LLOYD HAMMOND
Having completed 50 bombing missions over North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, including participation in the second raid over Rome, Captain Earl Lloyd Hammond, of the U.S. Army Air Corps and pilot of a "Fortress," is home on a 20-day leave and is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond of Route1, Eau Claire.

Captain Hammond was the first American to land a "Fortress" in  Sicily. It was a forced landing but safely made by the Captain on an emergency landing strip on the island, after so many of his engines had been put out of commission, he could not fly any longer. He and the crew were lucky, he said, that the Fort was a way up at the time, as it gave him a chance to pick his landing place and avert a fatal smashup.  

In the fifty missions which he piloted a "Fort," none of the crew members, including himself, was lost or wounded. "We were very lucky," Captain Hammond said, "for our air craft was badly shot up at times."

The Captain has had a distinguished career as a "Fortress" pilot. He carries three Campaign Stars, three Battle Stars on a European Theater Ribbon, and an American Theater Ribbon (North and South America).

He was awarded the Air Medal with 9 Clusters in July 1943 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross from General Atkinson in Italy.

Where he will be assigned at the end of his leave, Captain Hammond was not prepared to state. 

Captain Hammond said that, as a pilot draws near the 50-mission mark and a chance to return home, he is under a terrific strain. "The last few missions are tough ones," he said.

Captain Hammond went through the African Campaign, flying from desert stations, before taking part in the Sicilian and then Italian drives.  He  took part in numerous raids over southern Germany, France, and the Balkans, as well as hitting targets in Italy. Fortresses were also used in direct support of ground troops when the going was hard in Italy, he said, as at Salerno.


Earl Hammond Takes Bride
CAPT. & MRS. EARL HAMMOND
Miss Dorothy Kinney, daughter of Mrs. George Kinney, and Captain Earl Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond, were married at 11:30 am, Tuesday, March 14, in St. Patrick's Church in this city, Rt. Reverend Msgr. C. E. Dowd performing the ceremony.

The bride wore a white flannel ensemble with pale blue accessories and a corsage of orchids. Her sister, Miss Arlie Kinney, as bridesmaid, wore a turquoise ensemble and a corsage of pink and white carnations. Corporal Vernon Cleasby, Jr., home on furlough from Rapid City, SD, was best man. 

Dinner was served for 25 relatives and friends in the Northwoods Room, Hotel Eau Claire, followed by a reception at the home of the bride's brother, Edward L. Kinney, 1010 Margaret Street.

Captain Hammond recently returned from the European Theater of War, where he completed 51 bombing missions over Sicily, Italy, and Germany. He wears the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with nine Clusters.

Previous to Captain Hammond's enlistment in the Air Corps, he was a student at the Eau Claire State Teachers College and a member of the Chi Delta Rho, where he met Miss Kinney, also a student at the Eau Claire Teachers College. 

The  bride was a radio operator and instructor in the WAACs from January to September 1943, when she resigned to take pilot training for the WAAFs. She has been a flight student at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa, OK since that time.  

After a short wedding trip, Captain and Mrs. Hammond will report to Atlantic City.


HEARS FROM SON
Captain Earl L. Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond, Route 4, Eau Claire, has been appointed instructor of the B-29 Superfortress Flying School at Alamogardo, NM, according to a phone call recently received by his mother.

Eau Claire Veteran of Fifty Bombing Missions Overseas Dies in Bomber Crash in U. S.
Capt. E. L. Hammond Killed with 10 Others
ALAMOGORDO, NM October 16 Eleven members of the crew were killed and three others escaped uninjured in the crash of a four-engine bomber a mile south of the Alamogordo Army Air Field yesterday.

Colonel R.C. Wriston, Field Commandant, said the dead included Captain Earl L. Hammond, husband of Mrs. Dorothy Hammond, Eau Claire, WI.

News of the accidental death of Captain Earl Lloyd Hammond was received Sunday night by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Hammond, who was at her mother's home at Amery at the time. She notified the parents of Captain Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Hammond, town of Seymour. He was 22.

No details of the tragedy were contained in the telegram, and no word has been received as to the disposition of the body. No funeral arrangements, therefore, have been made.

Besides his widow and his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Martin Hammond in the Merchant Marine and Neil Hammond in the U.S. Navy; and two sisters, Betty and Vera, at home.

Captain Hammond was a distinguished veteran of the African, Sicilian, and Italian Campaigns and had distinguished himself in the Air Service as the pilot of a Fortress. He had received the Distinguished Flying Cross, had been awarded the Air Medal with nine Clusters, carried Campaign Stars, three Battle Stars on a European Theater Ribbon, and an American Theater Ribbon, North and South America.

He completed fifty bombing missions over North Africa, Sicily, and Italy and, last March, came home on leave, after which he was assigned to Alamogordo Army Air Field, NM, where, it was said, he was serving as a flying instructor at the time.

It was while he was here on leave, that he was married, on March 14, last, to Miss Dorothy Kinney of Amery, the wedding taking place at St. Patrick's Church here.

In the fifty missions which he piloted a "Fort," none of the crew members, including himself, was lost or wounded.

Captain Hammond went through the African Campaign, flying from desert stations, before taking part in the Sicilian and then Italian drives. He took part in numerous raids over southern Germany, France, and the Balkans, as well as hitting targets in Italy. Fortresses were also used in direct support of ground troops when the going was hard in Italy, he said, as at Salerno.

Captain Hammond was the 12th to die in World War II of the close to 600 listed on the honor roll of those in the Armed Services at St. Patrick's Church here.


Capt. Hammond Chance Passenger in Fatal Crash
Captain Earl Lloyd Hammond of Eau Claire became a passenger on the plane, in which he lost his life on October 15 quite by accident, according to a report of the fatal mishap received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond, town of Seymour. 

Captain Hammond, a veteran of  more than 50 bombing missions in the North Africa, Sicilian, and Italian Campaigns, was not piloting the plane when it crashed at Alamogordo, New Mexico. 

Captain Hammond, an instructor at the Army Air Base, was not supposed to have flown that day but  had to report in early. Another instructor overslept and Captain Hammond volunteered to take his place, his mother said.  

The 4-engine bomber took off at 3 am, carrying a load of bombs for target practice. It was only 30 feet off the ground when the two engines failed, and the plane nosed into the ground, killing 11 men instantly, including Captain Hammond. Three members of the crew escaped uninjured, two of them being tail-gunners, who were thrown out when the tail assembly cracked open. 

Lieutenant Lindsay C. Hamilton accompanied Captain Hammond's body to Eau Claire, and Mrs. Hamilton helped Mrs. Hammond drive her car home from Alamogordo.


Hammond Rites Slated Saturday
The body of Captain Earl Lloyd Hammond, Army Air Corps pilot killed in a bomber crash at Alamogordo, New Mexico last Sunday, will arrive here Friday evening on the "400." The body will be escorted by Lieutenant Lindsay C. Hamilton. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 8:15 from St. Patrick's Church, the Rt. Reverend Msgr. C. E. Dowd officiating.

Rosary devotions will be held at Golden's at 9 am Friday. 

Military honors will be accorded by the William C. Johnson Post, American Legion and Post No. 305, Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which. he was a member. The post colors will be draped in mourning and placed at the foot of the casket with the American flag at the head. 

Interment will be at Lake View Cemetery with police escort furnished by the Eau Claire Department. 

Captain Hammond was born in the town of Lucas, Dunn County on June 4, 1921. His parents moved to Eau Claire when he was eight months old, where he resided until entering the service. He was graduated with the Class of 1938 from Eau Claire High School and attended three years of teachers college before enlisting as an Aviation Cadet at Wausau on January 8, 1942. 

He received his wings at Lubbock, Texas on October 9, 1942, and was sent overseas on May 19, 1943, taking part in the African, Sicilian, and Italian Campaigns. He returned from overseas service on February 19, 1944. 

He was granted a rest period, returning home, where he married Miss Dorothy Kinney of Amery, WI at St. Patrick's on March 14. He was assigned to the Army Air Base at Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was a pilot instructor of  B-29 Superfortresses.

Besides his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hammond; two sisters, Vera and Betty, at home; two brothers, Neil S. in the U. S. Navy and Marlin D. in the Merchant Marines; four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Salter, 948 Fourth Street of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hammond of Knapp, WI. His great grandmother, Mrs. Valma Galusha, died October 12 of this year at the age of 91.