Elmer J Romigh Jr

Military

Object Number - UPL 7170 - Crew #705 Elmer J. Romigh Crew B-24H-15-FO #42-52598 "Guess Who's Here" Code: 6L-O 466th BG - 787th BS Standing Left to Right: Elmer J....

Pilot - one of the original cadre of pilots for the 466th BG
Also served in Korea and Vietnam

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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-742433
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ready & Willing, Silver Streak
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Guess Who's Here
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Houston, TX, USA 27 September 1920

Other

1st 466th BG Combat mission

Berlin, Germany 22 March 1944 Flight time was 09:00 hours. We were awakened at 0300, dressed in our flying gear, went to the mess hall and had breakfast for fried Spam and eggs, then to the briefing room at 0515. When the briefing officer pulled the curtains back, there was a long red ribbon directly from Attlebridge to Berlin! This raid put us in the big time without a warmup. Our target was the aero engine factory of the Brandenburgisch Motor Works at Abasdorf, 15 miles north of the center of Berlin. The Freidrichstrasse RR station was our secondary target. Take off was at 0745 for the lead plane and we all followed at 30 second intervals. As we approached the target, squadrons of aircraft of aircraft were entering and leaving. A group of 12 just coming out of the flak area when one of the aircraft pulled up, started a turn to the right and exploded into a ball of fire. Four objects dropped out of the smoke cloud, possibly the four engines. I had just seen 10 men die and now knew this war was for real.

Other

Aborted 466th BG Combat mission

Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944 We took off for Brunswick and after we got over Germany several of the crew came down with cramps caused by the gas from what we had eaten for breakfast. As they could not function and were in severe pain, we broke formation and returned to England at a low altitude. We were able to return without incident. Our flying time was 5 hours. We lost six crews on the mission.

Other

4th 466th BG Combat mission

Tutow, Germany 9 April 1944 Flying time was 8 hours. This was a rough one, but not as bad as the day before. Flak and fighters resulted in 11 aircraft being damaged. The group lost one crew, #517 (Clinton Caverne Crew). Caverne was on his first mission as first pilot.

Other

9th 466th Combat Mission

62130 Siracourt, France 27 April 1944 Flight time was 4:15 hours. Same as mission #7. These two missions were for a "No-Ball" target since it was a facility for launching buzz bombs. These were reinforced concrete facilities and we carried 1000 pound bombs to penetrate the concrete. On this particular mission we were in a single 12 ship formation and I was leading the 3 ship element behind the lead element. This target had a single anti-aircraft battery of 5 guns that fired in unison. I guess they had one radar unit for targeting. We heard every salvo they fired at us and each salvo was closer than the last. The target was on a peninsula of land and we were in their range for only about 5 minutes. By the time they had fired their last salvo, I was flying almost under the lead ship and if they had fired one more I think it would have been right in the middle of the formation. No one was shot down, but we all suffered flak damage. My bombardier recorded 12 holes but I think there were many more. I heard them all hit us every time they fired!

Other

14th 466th BG Combat Mission

Melun, France 24 May 1944 Flying time was six hours. A milk run. Bombed the airdrome and returned by 1100.

Other

30th 466th BG Combat Mission

Krumpa, 06242 Braunsbedra, Germany 7 July 1944 Flying time was 6:15 hours. Oil installation. Lots of flak and fighters but our position was not attacked. I remember this because of the large number of twin engine German fighters that were present and seeing a large number of them shot down by our escort fighters. Some JU-88's and ME-109's made a pass at the lead section of our formation and hit the #1 engine of one plane, but it returned safely to base. I understand one P-47 shot down six German twin engine aircraft. Take off was at 0500 and lading at 1115.

Died

San Antonio, TX, USA 26 May 2004

Buried

San Antonio, TX, USA 30 May 2004 Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery San Antonio Bexar County Texas, USA Plot: Section 40 Site 272

Revisions

Date9 Oct 2015 17:21:15
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG Historian

Date9 Oct 2015 17:20:22
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466th BG Historian

Date9 Oct 2015 01:14:49
Contributor466thHistorian
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Elmer Romigh's mission log.

Date24 Dec 2014 23:55:51
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG HIstorian
findagrave.com

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:54
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 350 & Page 390 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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