Edward W. Ayres

NAME
Edward Walton Ayres
NICKNAME
Walton
MCSN
O-10175
HOME OF RECORD
6343 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA
raised Essex County, NJ
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Jo B. Ayres
DATE OF BIRTH
July 29, 1919
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 22, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 2, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Vicinity of Savo Island
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
3 December 1945
UNIT
VMSB-141
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant E. Walton Ayres was a scout-bomber pilot assigned to VMSB-141, part of the “Cactus Air Force” that operated out of Guadalcanal. He arrived at Henderson Field on 30 September 1942.

On 2 October 1942, Ayres and PFC Sven E. R. Nelson flew an SBD-3 (Bureau Number 03311) on a routine sector search to the Russell Islands. They were joined by Lt. (j.g.) Herbert H. Perritte and ARM2c Irvin E. Newsome, Jr., of VS-71. Over the Russells, pilots of the Tainan kokutai forced the Americans to scurry for cloud cover and retreat back towards Guadalcanal.

They were almost within sight of safety when, over Savo Island, ten Zeros of the 6th kokutai ambushed the two Dauntless bombers. Both American planes were shot down; none of the aircrew were seen alive again.

Walton Ayres was reported as missing in action and carried in such status for more than three years. “Evidence of death” was received on 3 December 1945, and he was declared to have been killed in action over Savo.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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