Owen McClintick Akers – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

Owen McClintick Akers, 84, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and civilian navigational scientist with the Defense Mapping Agency, died of sepsis September 27, 2000 at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base.

Colonel Akers, a Temple Hills, Maryland,  resident, was born in Dresden, Kansas, and graduated from what is now Chadron (Nebraska) State College.

He served in the military for 21 years, beginning as a B-24 Liberator navigator with the Army Air Corps during World War II.

During a raid against the Ploesti oil fields and refineries in Romania, his bomber was shot down and he and other crewmen parachuted safely into enemy territory. Colonel Akers and other crewmen evaded capture for weeks before they eventually returned to England.

His postwar assignments included navigating transoceanic military transports on missions worldwide, a tour in Greenland and staff duty in Washington. He retired from the Air Force in 1963.

In his second career, he worked for the Hydrographic Center of the Defense Mapping Agency from 1964 to 1986.

His military decorations included a Purple Heart.

He was a member of Bells Methodist Church in Camp Springs.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Viola C. Akers of Temple Hills; a daughter, Tricia Carlson of Wheaton; two brothers; and a sister.

AKERS, OWEN M., Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)

On September 27, 2000, beloved husband of Viola C. Akers; father of Patricia A. Carlson; brother of the late Norm, Earl and Eunice Akers. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on October 16, 11 a.m., at the Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia with interment to follow.

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