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Le Roy Edgar Aulthouse

Military

Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #42-39887 "Pickle Dropper IV". Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).
He was married to Esther W. Aulthouse. His hometown was Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and he entered the Air Corps on January 7, 1943. He was the Right Waist Gunner aboard B-17 #42-39887 of the 390th Bomb Group, 571st Bomb Squadron. The B-17 was nicknamed “Pickle Dropper IV”, in honor of the pilot of the crew, Lt Hugh A. Pickell. On June 5, 1944, the B-17 was last seen “burning on the water” off Dieppe, France. Sgt Aulthouse is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Service

People

  • Norman Bean

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Norman Bean was Ball Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In...

  • Roger Beckman

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Rodger Beckman was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in to the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

  • Joseph Carini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Joseph Carini was Left Waist gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, off Dieppe, France, with no...

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Robert Davis was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed...

  • Norman Hollis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Norman Hollis was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

  • Richard Joseph

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
    Richard Joseph was Bombardier on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

  • Hugh Pickell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Hugh Pickell was Pilot of B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action (KIA), he...

  • Roland Zander

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Roland Zander was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-39887 “Pickle Dropper IV” on the 5 June 1944 mission to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Fortress crashed in the Channel, with no survivors. Killed In Action ...

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Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39887 PICKLE DROPPER IV

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/9/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-J] Framlingham 2/11/43. Missing in Action on its 54th mission, the one to the Boulogne coastal defences, France, on 5 June 1944, in preparation for the D-Day invasion. Pilot...

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA 21 April 1921

Sergeant Leroy E. Aulthouse was born on April 21, 1921, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar H. Aulthouse. His hometown was Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Enlisted 7 January 1943

Roanoke, Virginia

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 5 June 1944

in the loss of B-17 #42-39887, off the coast of Dieppe, France

Died Dieppe, France 5 June 1944

On June 5, 1944, the B-17 was last seen “burning on the water” off Dieppe, France. There were no survivors of this crew, and only the remains of Left Waist gunner Joe Carini were recovered.

Memorialized Ardennes American Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium

on the Tablets of the Missing at the Ardennes American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2020 13:56:29 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2020 13:04:01 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5480
WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2015 00:43:44 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5480 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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