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Leroy T Elfert

Military

Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Leon Keene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. 22* x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13876. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6593

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44 Grenier 1/10/44; Assigned 365BS/305BG Chelveston 17/10/44; Missing in Action Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Leon Keene, Henry Vinum, Leo Cassuto, Ben Friedman, Alton Dodd, Leroy Elfert, Tom Wilding (7 Killed in Action); Lloyd...

Missions

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 839

    21 February 1945

  • 841

    22 February 1945

  • 849

    26 February 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 854

    28 February 1945

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 875

    9 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 877

    10 March 1945

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Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 1920

Son of Leroy Earnest Elfert.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 17 February 1941

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Thurleigh 1944 – 10 April 1945

Assigned 365BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wilsnack, Germany 10 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Oranienburg in B-17 43-38803; mid air collision with B-17 43-38803, crashed Wilsnack, Germany 10-Apr-45 KIA MACR 13876.

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Leige, Belgium
Plot A Row 25 Grave 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2020 15:09:18 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29433238
https://www.fold3.com/image/29433219
https://www.fold3.com/record/85198348-leroy-t-elfert
https://www.fold3.com/record/529852765-leroy-t-elfert
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358031/leroy-t-elfert

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13876 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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