Lt. Col. Elliott Roosevelt receives the Distinguished Flying Cross in Algiers for outstanding services performed by his Group in the African Campaign. [Note B-17E 41-9045 stands in the background]
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Major General James Doolittle awards Lieutenant Colonel Elliot Roosevelt, 15th Air Force, the Distinguished Flying Cross. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 4 Jan 1943.' [stamp], '241567.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'ROOSEVELT'S SON AWARDED DFC. Lt Col Elliot Roosevelt of US Army Air Force was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Maj Gen Jas J Doolittle, US Air Chief in Tunisia. He participated in long flights over Artic and Equatorial waters helped to establish ferry routes and took part in Dangerous photographic expeditions over hostile territory in North Africa. Keystone Photo shows: Lt Col Elliot Roosevelt being awarded DFC by Maj Gen Jas H Doolittle, US Air Chief in Tunisia.'
Formal presentation of Distinguished Flying Cross to Lt. Col. Elliott Roosevelt and his group for outstanding services performed by the group in the African Campaign. [Note B-17E 41-9045 'Stinky' provides the backdrop].
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27 December 1942: "Stinky" provides a backdrop for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to FDR's kid: LTC Elliott Roosevelt, commander of the 3rd Reconnaissance Group in North Africa. Less than three weeks later, on 15 January 1943, this B-17 would be written off in a forced landing in Athenry, Ireland. While all the occupants survived the accident unscathed - including six general officers (J.L. Devers among them) - sliding through a stone wall damaged the ship beyond economical repair.
Lt. Col. Elliott Roosevelt receives the DFC. In the background B-17E 41-9045 "Stinky", 92nd BG, 27th December 1942.
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Air Chief Marshall Sir Leigh-Mallory shown with Col. Elliot Roosevelt and Maj. Gen. Hoyt C. Vandenburg after the award of the CBE (Commander British Empire) to Col Roosevelt for his work with the Photo-reconnaissance Unit in the Mediterranean.
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Colonel Elliott Roosevelt, commanding officer of the photo reconnaissance outfit in North Africa is shown here checking maps with one of his ace pilots, Lt. Colonel Frank L Dunn, [ Riverside, Calif.]
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General Dwight D Eisenhower is assisted into the cockpit of a plane by Lt Colonel Dunn during his inspection tour of an air base somewhere in Italy, as Colonel Elliott Roosevelt looks on. 90th Photo Recon Wing.
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L-R: Colonel Leon W Gray, Gen Elliott Roosevelt. Col Gray is sporting a freshly pinned silver star to go with his DFC (OLC) and AM(14OLC).
In WWII he commanded the aerial reconnaissance wing that played a key role in the Allies' 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, France, as well as the invasions of North Africa and Sicily Commander of HQ 325th Photo Wing, [Reconnaissance]. Roosevelt pioneered new techniques in night photography and meteorological data-gathering, but his controversial claims to a distinguished record on combat missions have been largely discounted. He faced charges of corruption, including accusations that he had recommended the purchase of the experimental Hughes XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft against a Lockheed model that was believed to be superior. He rose to Brigadier General leaving the service on VJ day [15-Aug-45].
LOM, LOH, DFC, Croix de Guerre (Palm), AM (11 OLC), CBE, American Defense and Campaign, WWII Victory, EAME (7 Stars).
Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
Flew many times for Col. Roosevelt, Ross was shot down over the North Sea while flying a photo reconnaissance mission. Pronounced dead, he was later recovered and honored for his survival. He flew 96 missions and captured photographs essential to...
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Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...
Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered March Field 6-Mar-41; MacDill 3-Mar-42; crashed out of limits of continental USA; Written off 6-Aug-42. Never used in combat, never served in the UK.
||New York City, New York
||23 September 1910
Son of Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt.
||Scottsdale, AZ, USA
||27 October 1990