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Charles S Elder Jr


Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...


  • 43-38050

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 26/7/44; during assembly for Frankfurt 5/1/45, with Harry Adelman, Co-pilot: Chas Elder, Navigator: Art Saye, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Virgil Walton, instr...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Born Garden City, New York 15 February 1924
Died 5 January 1945
Buried Locust Valley Cemetery, Glen Cove, New York 1948

Locust Valley Cemetery
Glen Cove, New York



Date Contributor Update
26 January 2019 03:05:53 466thHistorian Changes to events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 23:39:02 laurapew Changes to nickname

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:57 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia