Eugene Emond

Eugene Patrick Emond (January 11, 1921 – January 28, 1989) was an Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. During World War II, he was one of the youngest Lieutenants (pilot) of the B-17 Flying Fortress Man O War II, Horsepower Ltd. (see nose art below).

Eugene Patrick Emond
BornJanuary 11, 1921
New York City
DiedJanuary 28, 1989 (aged 68)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Buried
George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
Years of service1943-1947
Unit91st Bomb Group
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
American Theater Ribbon
Victory Ribbon
Other workFederal Reserve Bank of New York

Biography

Early life and education

Eugene Patrick Emond was born to Eugene Edward Emond and Mary McTague in New York City. He was raised in the working-class neighborhood of Washington Heights and attended DeWitt Clinton High School.

Eugene P. Emond and friends

Sheehy Society; standing left to right Dr. Bernard Crowe, Gab Murphy, Eugene Emond, unknown, kneeling: Tom Fitzpatrick, unknown, unknown, Lawrence Emond (pic owned/used by permission by the Emond Family)

Military career

Emond enlisted in the Army during World War II, where he was trained as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot. After training he was shipped to England to fly in the 91st Bomb Group at RAF Bassingbourn.

During Emond's first combat mission he flew as a tail gunner in the lead group. He flew as the co-pilot of the next few missions and then as pilot (the left seat) for the rest of his tour. Emond finished his tour around the middle of 1944 and was rotated back home to a base in Florida. When the war ended he elected to stay in the service and was in the Philippines in June 1946. After his allotment of missions, Emond was later offered to become a lead air trainer in Florida. After a short stint training pilots, he decided to return to his job as a "runner" at the New York Federal Reserve.

Emond completed over 34 missions while leading Man O War II. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and logged 1306 hours at the controls. He is considered one of the youngest Lieutenants to pilot a Fortress.

The book entitled "World War II Album Volume 18: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress" by Ray Merriam states (used by permission) "1st Lt. Eugene Emond Lead Pilot for Man O War II Horsepower Limited was part of D-Day and witnessed one of the first German jets when a Me 262 A-1a flow through his formation over Germany. He was one of the youngest bomber pilots in the US Army Air Forces" (page 24).

Man O War II Horsepower Ltd. B-17G serial number was 42-38083. Man O War II Horsepower Ltd. of the 322nd Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomb Group flew numerous missions with the 91st before being lost in a mission over Merseburg.

Picture of Emond (third from left standing) , pic owned/used by permission by the Emond Family and pic on loan to 91stbombgroup.com http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/man_o_war_2_crew.html

Man O War II crew

Eugene P. Emond third from left standing

Career

Emond's career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York spanned 47 years. The first half of his career was spent as a Bank Examiner traveling throughout New York State. His post Bank Examination positions included being the first Officer in Charge of Operations and Technology, Officer in Charge of the Discount Window, Lead Trainer for Bank Examiners and Senior Officer in Charge of Special Projects. One of the special projects included assisting in the refinancing of the troubled Lockheed Company with investment banks (1970s). Emond was influential in establishing a more formal relationship between the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. He was also called upon to manage several special projects for the New York board.

One of the projects included assisting in the refinancing of the troubled Lockheed Air with investment banks.

Marriage, children and grandchildren

Emond married the former Alice Virginia Whalen. The couple had five children together: Eugene Edward, Randall George, Elizabeth Jane, Gary Micheal and Douglas William. After his wife's death in 1972, he raised their two youngest sons on his own. Grand children of Eugene and Alice are Edward Heinrich, Stacy Heinrich Woodin, Julia Heinrich Sanders, Alice Heinrich Clapsaddle, Allyson Emond Kiss, Christopher Emond, Gregory Emond, Catherine Emond and Patrick Emond.

Death and afterward

Eugene Emond died on January 28, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Grew up during the depression, and he and his buddies would gather at a funeral parlor (common at that time) called Sheehy's
  • Brother-in-law was notable surgeon Dr. William Whalen, would later become President of Saint Vincent's Hospital, NYC, NY
  • His brother Lawrence (Larry) become Chief Court Clerk for the New York Supreme Court (Bronx)
  • Lifelong Yankee fan
  • After his death, family members found a letter addressed to Gene from George Schultz (Secretary of the Treasury) thanking him for his work on the Lockheed "bailout"
  • Cathy Minihan (ex-president of the Boston Federal Reserve) worked for Gene at the New York Federal Reserve
  • He loved music - especially Opera
  • He was a true New Yorker.....

References

Information regarding the verification re: Eugene Emond comes from:

  • www.91stbombgroup.com volunteers
  • https://web.archive.org/web/20071111164548/http://www.basher82.nl/Data/Opijnen/may42004.htm
  • http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nscpbret/cem20.html (crew number 1 info)
  • interview with Mr. Bernard Crowe (retired patent Lawyer, Union Carbide)
  • interview with Mr. Douglas Emond (son)
  • interview with Mr. Edward Kipsthul (retired Federal Reserve Officer, New York)
  • discharge papers of Eugene P. Emond, World War II
  • Photo of Eugene and crew in front of Man O War II (owned by the Emond Family)
  • Microfiche review of actual bomb raids by Man 0 War II, piloted by Eugene Emond - submitted by volunteers of 91st Bomb group
  • review of family genealogy - reference made to Dr. William Whalen, Alice Whalen and Lawrence Emond
  • detail daily review of war record 44-322 Dailies of the 91st Bomb Group
      http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/322nd1944.html
  • Excerpt from World War II Album Volume 18: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress By Ray Merriam (used by permission)
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry (prototype Model 299/XB-17) outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract (to the Douglas B-18 Bolo) because the prototype crashed, the air corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances, becoming the third-most produced bomber of all time, behind the four-engined B-24 and the multirole, twin-engined Ju 88.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the USAAF in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central, eastern and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.From its prewar inception, the USAAC (by June 1941, the USAAF) promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bombload. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base. The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of approximately 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Nazi Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, over 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.

As of October 2019, 9 aircraft remain airworthy, though none of them were ever flown in combat. Dozens more are in storage or on static display. The oldest of these is a D-series flown in combat in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

DeWitt Clinton High School

DeWitt Clinton High School is a public high school located since 1929 in The Bronx, New York, United States. Opened in 1897 in Lower Manhattan and initially operated as an all-boys school, it maintained that status for nearly 100 years. In 1983 it became co-ed. From its original building on West 13th Street in Manhattan, it moved in 1906 to its second home on 59th Street and Tenth Avenue (now the site of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice). In 1929 the school moved to its present home on Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx.

After more than a century of operations, producing a raft of accomplished alumni, in the early 21st century, DeWitt Clinton High School has faced serious problems involving student performance and security.

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.