Sgt Elmore Lathrop “Buster” Austin

Sgt Elmore Lathrop “Buster” Austin

Enosburg Falls, Franklin County, Vermont, USA
Death 26 Aug 1944 (aged 19)
Burial Bakersfield, Franklin County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 31064993 · View Source
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Elmore L or J. (L on large stone, J on military).
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


Info below provided by: John Dowdy

Gunner Sgt. Elmore L. Austin KIA
Hometown: Vermont
Squadron: 854th Sq. 491st Bomb Group
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 "
Cause: anti-aircraft fire Crew of 9 6KIA 3POW


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
Brown, Sidney E, S/Sgt, Gunner, POW
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
Williams, Thomas D, Jr, S/Sgt, Radio Op, KIA


Vermont., SGT., 854, AAF Bomb SQ. WW2

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  • Originally Created by: Barb Destromp
  • Added: 1 Nov 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 31064993
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Elmore Lathrop “Buster” Austin (6 Jul 1925–26 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 31064993, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Bakersfield, Franklin County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by AdkGirl (contributor 48927492) .