Maj Joseph Richard Elliott

Maj Joseph Richard Elliott

Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 15 Apr 1945 (aged 26)
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot B Row 27 Grave 41
Memorial ID 56654750 · View Source
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Joseph, who resided at 1305 New Road, Elsmere, Delaware, served as a Major and Operation Officer on P-38L "Betts II" #44-25734, 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, Fifteenth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He was "Killed In Action" over Germany when his fighter was shot down by enemy fire.

He had served with the Air Corps for two years and eleven months at the time of his death.

He was decorated with an Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-024767

Son of Norris Rodney Elliott.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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United States Military Academy Class of 1942
Major Joseph R. Elliott KIA
71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group
Hometown: Wilmington Delaware
Service # O-024767
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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Joseph R. Elliott was born in Wilmington, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norris R. Elliott, on 24 November 1918. He graduated from Wilmington High School, attended the University of Delaware for two years, participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was appointed to the United States Military Academy. Graduated Day, 29 May 1942.
In May 1942 was married to Betty and received his commission in the Army Signal Corps; and a crack at flying for the Army Air Corps. The following December, Dick received the wings with successful completion of advanced training at Spence Field, Moultrie, Georgia.
In August 1944, Captain Elliott entered the European Theater of Operations and was assigned to the 71st Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, based in southern Italy flying a P-38 in combat. After flying his twelfth mission, Dick became squadron operations officer. Operating over targets in northern Italy, the Balkans and Germany, he had rung up 28 completed missions and attained the rank of major before the month of January 1945 was completed. On 13 April 1945—a scant three and a half weeks before the end of the war in Europe—he did not return from a mission,
killed in action, Munich, Germany.


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Delaware.



  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56654750
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Joseph Richard Elliott (24 Nov 1918–15 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56654750, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .