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Sgt Elmore L Austin
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Birth: Jul. 6, 1925
Death: Aug. 26, 1944

Austin lot

Hildred M Austin
Baby Son

Wayne E
Elmore L or J. (L on large stone, J on military).
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Info below provided by: Russ Pickett

Elmore served as a Sergeant and Gunner on B-24J (#42-110107), 854th Bomber Squadron, 491st Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Franklin County, Vermont prior to the war.

Elmore was "Killed In Action" when he, and five other crew members, were executed by a German air-raid warden during the war.

Service # 31340848

Vermonters Who Gave Their All


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Info below provided by: John Dowdy

Gunner Sgt. Elmore L. Austin KIA
Hometown: Vermont
Squadron: 854th Sq. 491st Bomb Group
Service
Awards: Purple Heart.
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Norman J. Rogers Jr. KIA

Target: Hanover, Germany
Date Lost: 26-Aug-44
Serial Number:# 42 -110107
Aircraft Model B-24J
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:" Wham! Bam! Thank You , Ma'm "
Location: RUSSELSHEIM
Cause: anti-aircraft fire Crew of 9 6KIA 3POW

THE RUSSELSHEIM MASSACRE:

The Wham! Bam! At that time was part of the largest formation of aircraft ever to leave England: Approaching the target they ran into heavy anti-aircraft fire. Just after releasing their bombs right on target the plane took several burst of flak.

One direct hit in the bomb bay area knocked out the hydraulic system, one engine, and damaged two other engines. The bail out order was given. The crew landed in a farm area.

S/Sgt. Brininstool had suffered a shrapnel wound in the stomach, and was very fortunate when a farm couple took him in and cleaned his wound. The rest of the crew was rounded up by Luftwaffe personnel and placed in a cell in the town hall.

Sgt. Dumont and Lt. Rogers suffered ankle injuries. The captured crew was taken by train to a German Air Force base near Munster.

S/Sgt. Brininstool was taken to a clinic where a Doctor operated on his stomach wound, then placed in a hospital in Munster for further treatment. He was then taken by guards to a POW interrogation center near Frankfurt.

The remaining eight crew members while on a 12 hour train ride ran into a bombed out section of track near Russelsheim and were forced to de-train. The guards escorted the airmen toward Russelsheim expecting to catch another train beyond the damaged area. A large violent crowd quickly formed and immediately turned into an uncontrollable mob who started beating the airmen with sticks, rocks, and shovels.

The group was joined by a German air-raid warden, Josef Hartgen, who was armed with a 6.35mm pistol. Six crew were executed by Hartnman and the civilian mob. Sgt. Adams and Sgt. Brown survived and escaped, later to be recaptured. The crew originally consisted of nine, with S/Sgt. Brininstool wounded and sent to a German hospital six were executed.

The other crew members of the "Wham! Bam! Thank You , Ma'm" crew included:

Adams, William M, S/Sgt, Gunner, POW
Brininstool, Forrest W, S/Sgt, Engineer, POW
Michigan
Brown, Sidney E, S/Sgt, Gunner, POW
Florida
Dumont, William A Sgt, Gunner, KIA
New Hampshire
Rogers, Norman J, Jr, 1st Lt., Pilot, KIA
New York
Sekul, John N, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, KIA
New York
Tufenkjian, Haigus , Fl/Of, Navigator, KIA
Michigan
Williams, Thomas D, Jr, S/Sgt, Radio Op, KIA
Pennsylvania
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Wayne Ellis Austin (1897 - 1956)
  Hildred M. Vadney Austin (1900 - 1975)
 
 Siblings:
  Robert George Austin (1919 - 2002)*
  Winona Marion Austin Underwood (1924 - 2010)*
  Elmore L Austin (1925 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Vermont., SGT., 854, AAF Bomb SQ. WW2
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Bakersfield
Franklin County
Vermont, USA
 
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: Nov 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31064993
Sgt Elmore L Austin
Added by: Bruce Hicks
 
Sgt Elmore L Austin
Added by: Barb Destromp
 
Sgt Elmore L Austin
Added by: Barb Destromp
 
 
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Rest in peace
- Vindicator I
 Added: Mar. 6, 2017
Remembering you on this Memorial Day 2016
- Lazer
 Added: May. 30, 2016
Remember our Veterans, Our family Hero's... some who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our daily Freedoms and Liberties, .... Thanks,, Elmore ,,,for your service and your ultimate sacrifice,,, Niet Tevergeefs ,,,you are not forgotten.
- Michael V Drachman
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
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