|Flight Officer Eugene Graham died in a B-29 crash in Kentucky.|
Eugene M. Graham never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on April 10, 1918 in Arizona. His parents Eugene and Mary were born in Tennessee and Pennsylvania, respectively. His father worked as a tailor and later as a cleaner after moving to California. Eugene had one younger sister. By 1940 Eugene had completed four years of high school and worked as skilled pattern and model maker.
He enlisted in the army air forces in October 1942 and was assigned to B-29 Superfortresses.
The B-29 Flight Officer Graham was flying in crashed near Benton, Kentucky on July 1, 1945. One man survived. Graham was one of the nine who did not. It had started the flight from Albuquerque New Mexico, and refueled at Nashville and was on the return flight when it exploded in midair during a thunderstorm. It was a fairly new plane with only 39 hours of flight time when it crashed.
His remembrance memorial is at Soldier Creek's B-29 Superfortress Crash Memorial in Benton, Kentucky.
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