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Sgt Harris W Elson
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Birth: 1920
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1942

Son of John Henry Elson and Lulu (Flynn) Elson.

Elson was a gunner of a B-25C bomber assigned to the 11th Bombardment Squadron. On June 3, 1942 he took part in a flight of six B-25s from Dinjan, India to attack Lashio, Burma and then proceed over the Himalayas to a base in Kunming, China. The raid on Lashio was successful and the flight withdrew on course to Kunming at 10,000 feet in a thick overcast. Suddenly, Elson's and two other planes crashed into the side of a mountain. The others barely missed hitting the ground after pulling up sharply.

Elson was from Dade County FL, he received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing. 
 
Note: Entered the service from Florida.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: dfr
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56775527
Sgt Harris W Elson
Added by: JimO
 
Sgt Harris W Elson
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
 
 
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U.S. Army Air Corps
- JimO
 Added: Oct. 28, 2014
"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. They suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died." Rest in peace, Sergeant Elson.
- Jill
 Added: Jun. 14, 2007
 
 
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