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SSGT Thomas C Elder

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SSGT Thomas C Elder

Birth
Kansas, USA
Death 30 May 1944 (aged 23–24)
Puchberg, Wels Stadt, Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Austria
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION I SITE 188
Memorial ID 3298578 View Source

Radio Operator aboard B-24H Liberator #42-94949, nicknamed "Full House."

Killed In Action over Puchberg, Austria on bombing mission out of Foggia, Italy to strike the aircraft works in Wels during World War II.

The crew was struck by a bomb dropped from another B-24 above, causing the airplane to disintegrate and they crashed at Puchberg bei Wels, Austria, killing seven crew members. Three survived and were captured by the Germans and held as POWs until the end of the war. MACR 5454.

KIA were:

1st Lt. Kenneth D Fetty, Pilot
2nd Lt. Richard J Higgins, Bombardier
S/Sgt. James K Bain, Gunner
S/Sgt. Robert H Davis, Gunner
S/Sgt. Thomas C Elder, Radio Operator/Gunner
Sgt. Raymond P Tarpy, Gunner
Sgt. Myrel R Shenk, Gunner

Historical note: The Americans lost 525 aircraft during World War II, over the area that is defined as Austria today. Most were B-17s and B-24s, that were largely unescorted by fighter aircraft, at a cost of 2,776 airmen killed, with 104 still missing

Entered the service from California; Mariposa County; ASN 39013748.
Enlisted at San Francisco, CA, October 28, 1941.

Interred June 27, 1950.


Inscription

SSGT, 741 AAF BOMB SQ, 455 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II


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