Elliott Roosevelt

Military

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).

Connections

See how this entry relates to other items in the archive by exploring the connections below.

Units served with

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

People

  • 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

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

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

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

Died

Scottsdale, AZ, USA 1990-10-27

Revisions

Date7 Dec 2016 15:15:23
Sources

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
ContributorAAM
Sources

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

Elliott Roosevelt: Gallery (8 items)