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Steven Alton Scott


Steven Scott was born in Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska on 8 November 1915. He was the fourth of five children born to Hughes W Scott and Grace E Alton.

Steven enlisted in October 1941 and trained to be a pilot. He flew alone and unarmed in Photo Reconnaissance Spitfires for the 22nd Photo Recon Squadron of the 7th Photo Recon Group.
On 23 December 1943, Steven was lost on a photo reconnaissance mission to Osnabruck and Munster, Germany from his base Mount Farm, Dorchester, England. He was posted as Missing In Action. He was probably lost in the North Sea due to engine failure in Spitfire Mk XI PA851. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH (OLC).


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. ...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    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...

  • 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron


  • PA851

    Supermarine Spitfire PA851 PR Mk XI, construction #4986, Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory. ...

Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Event Location Date
Born Anselmo, NE 68813, USA 8 November 1915

Born in Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska. He was the second to last of five children born to Hughes William Scott and Grace Elizabeth Alton.

Lived in Adams County, CO, USA October 1941

Adams County. Colorado, USA.

Enlisted Offutt Air Force Base, NE, USA 30 October 1941

Enlisted Fort Crook, Nebraska, 30-10-41.

Died 10 miles off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk, UK 23 December 1943

Made a distress call at 1020 hrs stating that his engines were out and he was gliding at 15,000 feet. He made his last contact 8 minutes later stating he was at 5,000 feet. An Air-Sea Rescue Walrus aircraft was dispatched. Personnel on board reported seeing an oil slick but no sign of Scott.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1946

Commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England

Buried Grandview Cemetery Anselmo, Custer County, NE 1948

Grandview Cemetery
Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska


Date Contributor Update
25 April 2021 16:55:29 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 11:10:24 Lucy May Changes to firstname, biography, events, person associations and place associations

Changed spelling of first name from 'Stephen (Steven)' to 'Steven'.
Expanded abbreviations in the biography field.

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12 August 2015 15:02:16 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources Award details MACR Details. MACR bare bones. Commemoration Details.
Scott Blyth.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2015 23:17:57 allan1944 Changes to unit associations

Associate a Unit records on the American Air Museum in Britain website.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 22:09:47 allan1944 Changes to middlename, awards and events

Personal records of Jeanney L. (Horn) Scott, his niece and daughter of his brother Bruce Alton Scott.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 16:38:13 allan1944 Changes to firstname, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, person associations and place associations

Information based on USAAF crash report and family records maintained by Steven's niece, Jeanney L. (Horn) Scott.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 03:27:47 466thHistorian Changes to events and unit associations

Eyes of the Eighth - Patricia Fussell Keen

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27 September 2014 18:25:27 AAM AAM ingest

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia