2LT Eldred Trachta

2LT Eldred Trachta

Birth
Rangely, Rio Blanco County, Colorado, USA
Death 24 Mar 1945 (aged 27)
Germany
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 34, Site: 4096
Memorial ID 49327714 · View Source
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Eldred served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on C-47A #43-15493, 84th Troop Carrier Squadron, 437th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Laramie County, Wyoming prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 2, 1943 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Civil Engineer and also as Single, without dependents.

C-47A #43-15493 took off from Maisoncelles, France on a Glider Towing mission over Wesel, Germany. They were hit and shot down by German anti-aircraft fire and crashed in Germany during the war.

Eldred was "Killed In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 19200440

At the families request, his state of birth was added to his headstone (Colorado) instead of his state of residence, as was normally done, (Wyoming).

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Airmen who perished on C-47A #43-15493:

Deer, Victor R ~ Capt, Pilot, IN
Gibson, Bryce C, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, TX
Nordgren, Earl C ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, WI
Trachta, Eldred ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CO

One airmen, T/Sgt. Paul B. LeFever, survived the crash and the war.

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
John C. Anderson for submitting this record for bio updates!

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Gravesite Details 2ND LT AAF USA WWII AC

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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49327714
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Eldred Trachta (27 Sep 1917–24 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49327714, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .