SSgt Elmer J Beaupre

SSgt Elmer J Beaupre

Birth
Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Death 13 Feb 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56769591 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until April 13, 1943.

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Elmer served as a Staff Sergeant & Asst. Radio Operator / Gunner on B-24D #41-23980, 424th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Kankakee County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23980 was 1 of 6 B-24's that took off from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Solomon Islands on a bombing mission to attack enemy ships in the Shortland Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands & Buin, Bougainville Province, Papua New Guinea area.

Over Shortland Harbor they were hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and crashed. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

Elmer was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 16037684

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23980:

Barton, Theodore ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Battersby, Hiram E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Beaupre, Elmer J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Boyer, Elbert H ~ Sgt, Gunner, MI
Eilts, Leo J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NE
Meigs, Hiram W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, AL
Radford, George G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, ID
Stearns, William A ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Trager, George K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56769591
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Elmer J Beaupre (25 Jul 1920–13 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56769591, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .