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Elliott Roosevelt


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).



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Units served with

  • 325th Photographic Reconnaissance Wing
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    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

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  • 8th Air Force


Event Location Date
Born New York City, New York 23 September 1910

Son of Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Died Scottsdale, AZ, USA 27 October 1990


Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 15:15:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to role and unit associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 5 ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 19:42:15 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:50 AAM AAM ingest

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996; Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia