Elbert Forest Giddens

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11070166 / O-814558
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Betty L
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Pomerania

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Annona, TX 16 June 1919 Son of Pernie Giddens.

Enlisted

San Diego, CA 8 August 1942 San Diego, California

Other

Baled out POW

Valleres-le-Hay, France 24 June 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; POW MACR 6534

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Tychowo, Poland 24 June 1944 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Other

Discharged USAAF

3 November 1945 Honourable discharge.

Died

12 June 1975
Santa Ana, California, USA

Based

Killed in Action (KIA)

Ridgewell 24 June 1944 Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:47
ContributorAAM
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 6534 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database