ech Sergeant Elroy Andrew Altendorf, born in 1916, was the son of Roy W. and Catherine (Nehrbass) Altendorf of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the 1920 census 3-year-old Elroy is living with his parents and brother Harvey 4, at 499 21st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His father is an iron worker in an auto parts plant. By the 1930 census 13-year-old Elroy is living with his parents and brothers Harvey 14, and Melvin 7 at 652 15th Street in Milwaukee.
His father is a mechanic for an ice cream company. By the 1940 census 23-year-old Elroy is living with his parents and brothers Harvey 24, and Melvin 17 at 2017 West Galena Street in Milwaukee. His father is a salesman for a soap and bleach company.Elroy enlisted 17 Sep 1940 in the Air Corps at Milwaukee.
He’d had four years of high school and his civil occupation was mechanic motor vehicles.The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county show Altendorf, Elroy A., Tech Sgt, from Milwaukee County, Wisconsin as FOD (Finding of Death). An FOD was determined at least one year and one day after a soldier went missing in action.
His body must have been recovered sometime after the war.Elroy was Flight Engineer, top turret gunner on B-17G 42-38158 "Jean". High squadron lead, lead group. Hit by direct flak burst on bomb run; a/c blew up in mid-air after bomb release. MACR 4352Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft PlantTarget Type: Aircraft IndustryOberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Entered the service from Wisconsin.
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