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Eldred Jerome Andruss

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Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Flew Kassel raid 28-July, lost control cables on B-17 #42-29974 by flak damage. Crash landed in B-17 #42-5822 at Norfolk RAF base returning crew with 4 crew members wounded. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid in B-17 #42-29830 'Peter Wabbit' 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350

Award: AM (3OLC), PH.

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  • Erwalt Wagner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1350 Award: Purple Heart

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29830 'Peter Wabbit'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-A] Kimbolton; then 524BS [WA-T]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Erwalt Wagner, Co-pilot: Bill Barnard, Navigator: Joe Hilderbrand,...

  • 42-29891 'Dangerous Dan'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-N] Kimbolton 22/4/43; returned Osnabruck 22/12/43 with Ken Davis, Co-pilot: Chas Fowler, Navigator: Paul Clark, Bombardier: Stan Dolgin, Flight...

  • 42-29974

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/3/43; Romulus 10/4/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-L] Thurleigh 19/4/43; battle damaged Kassel 28/7/43, with Larry Kooima, Co-pilot: Frank Crawford, Navigator: Don Berkey{inj in crash}, Bombardier: Chas Cressey, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-5822 Little Maggie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/2/43; Cheyenne 4/3/43; Gore Fd 18/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 21/4/43; battle damaged Kassel 28/7/43 with Kermit Wooldridge, Co-pilot: Don Herrin, Navigator: Bill Cook, Bombardier:...

  • 42-5830 'Hag of Harderwyck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-T] Kimbolton 20/5/43 AL JO-SON; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 26/7/44; Tinker 1/9/44;...

  • 44-8813

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/1/45; Hunter 12/1/45; Grenier 7/2/45; Assigned 526BS/379BG H2X Kimbolton 21/2/45; mid air coll with 44-8198 over Braintree, Ex, UK 10/5/45 with Elliott Porter; Salvaged 11/5/45.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Seymour, Texas, USA 18 July 1913

Dr George Wesley and Georgia Lee [Johnson] Andruss

Enlisted Sheppard Field, Witchita Falls, TX 23 January 1942

Sheppard Field,
Witchita Falls, Texas

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 17 August 1943

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dorrebach, Germany 17 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt raid in B-17 42-29830 'Peter Wabbit' 17-Aug-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrebach, 6 miles W of Bingen, Germany KIA MACR 1350

Buried Dorrebach, Germany 18 August 1943

Interred
Dorrebach cemetery

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Masonic Cemetery, Seymour, Baylor County, TX 1948

Memorialised
Masonic Cemetery
Seymour, Baylor County, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 17:13:22 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 16:42:46 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/625450118
https://www.fold3.com/record/84781925-eldred-j-andruss
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763715?rec=299451383
https://www.fold3.com/record/529889983-eldred-j-andruss
https://www.fold3.com/image/136193518?rec=136193686
http://8thairforce.com/mehttps://www.fold3.com/image/136193518?rec=13619...
mbers/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=2825
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96388087/eldred-j_-andruss
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56652278/eldred-j-andruss

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1350 / MACR 1350, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 204, ABMC / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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