Killed in Action 22 March 1944
466th Bomber Group, 786th Bomber Squadron
S/Sgt Lankford is buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky together with 2nd Lt Gilley T. Brand, 2nd Lt Paul Brill, Sgt Kenneth Cassada, 2nd Lt Glenn W. Morris Jr. and Sgt Frank D. Pfeiffer.
S/Sgt Lankford was initially buried at Neuville in Belgium.
Aircraft B-24H-15-CF, with serial number 41-29416, nicknamed Rebbel Gal, was on a bombing mission over Germany and collided with aircraft 41-29434 about 15 seconds before bombs away.
Pilot, 2nd Lt Gilley Terrell Brand
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Charles W. Beigel
Navigator, 2nd Lt Paul Brill
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Glenn W. Morris Jr.
Radio-Operator, S/Sgt Paul J. Strickler
Engineer/Gunner, Sgt Edwin K. Lankford
Gunner, Sgt Kenneth Cassada
Gunner, Sgt Glover L. Handy
Gunner, Sgt Frank D. Pfeiffer
Gunner, Avery B. Houchard