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Morris Elisco

Military

Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 8th mission 18 March 1944, hit by flak over Fredrichshafen, Germany in B-24 41-28649 'Little Bryan'. Bailed out over Amiens, France. Joined French underground. Climbed Pyrenees into Spain. Back to England 8 June 1944. His Escape & Evasion Report E&E 713 is on-line at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555353

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME. is on-line at

Service

People

  • Melvin Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Haynes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Keenan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Long

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John McCue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Miller

    Military | Colonel | Pilot, Commanding Officer | 453rd Bomb Group
    CO of the 453rd Bomb Group. Command pilot onboard 41-28469. Hit by flak which caused them to run out of fuel on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine after the crew...

  • Joseph O'Reilly

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H #41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, FR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Schneidman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Everett Statton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Phillip Stock

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    After running out of gas on the return from bombing the target of Friedrichshafen, on 18 Mar 1944, B-24H 41-28649 'Little Bryan' crashed W of Vernon/Seine, after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28649 'Little Bryan'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrichshafen, hit by flak causing loss of fuel and mechanical failures, A/C abandoned over Amiens, 1 x EVD, 10 x POW. MACR 3552.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois 28 August 1924

the son of Louis and Marie Elisco

Enlisted 9 December 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps in Chicago, Illinois

Based Old Buckenham 1943 – 8 June 1944

Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Bailed out Amiens, France 18 March 1944

On 8th mission 18-Mar-44, hit by flak over Fredrichshafen, Germany in B-24 41-28649 'Little Bryan'. Bailed out over Amiens, France.

Evaded (EVD) Pyrenees 18 March 1944 – 8 June 1944

With assistance from French underground, was guided and hidden in many places. Guided across the Pyrénées mountains into Spain. Returned to UK via Gibraltar on 8 June 1944.

Died 9 August 2005

in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2019 11:46:56 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3552
US CENSUS 1930
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 713

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 13:10:22 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php%3Fid%3D3107&prev=search

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 3352, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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