Elliott Roosevelt


Object Number - UPL 25091 - Lt. Col. Elliott Roosevelt receives the Distinguished Flying Cross in Algiers for outstanding services performed by his Group in the African...

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].

Awards: 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

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Reconnaissance


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-769944
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Blue Goose



Event Location Date Description


New York City, New York 1910-09-23 Son of Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Scottsdale, AZ, USA 1990-10-27


Date7 Dec 2016 15:15:23

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

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:50

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

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