Le Roy Edgar Aulthouse

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 43923 - Leroy Aulthouse’ s name on the Tablets of the Missing

Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-17 #42-39887 "Pickle Dropper IV". Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).
He was married to Esther W. Aulthouse. His hometown was Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and he entered the Air Corps on January 7, 1943. He was the Right Waist Gunner aboard B-17 #42-39887 of the 390th Bomb Group, 571st Bomb Squadron. The B-17 was nicknamed “Pickle Dropper IV”, in honor of the pilot of the crew, Lt Hugh A. Pickell. On June 5, 1944, the B-17 was last seen “burning on the water” off Dieppe, France. Sgt Aulthouse is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

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Units served with

The insignia of the 390th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35090696
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-755626
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32553930
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15394225
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15320641
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Pickle dropper iv
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 571st Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 5 June 1944
  • Official Description: 629 Heavy Bombers attack 6 coastal defence installations in Cherbourg-Caen area and 8 in Pas de Calais area, along with 3 V-weapon sites and a railroad bridge. 6 Bombers are lost.

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA 1921-04-21 Sergeant Leroy E. Aulthouse was born on April 21, 1921, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar H. Aulthouse. His hometown was Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Died

Dieppe, France 1944-06-05 On June 5, 1944, the B-17 was last seen “burning on the water” off Dieppe, France. There were no survivors of this crew, and only the remains of Left Waist gunner Joe Carini were recovered.

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

English Channel 1944-06-05 in the loss of B-17 #42-39887, off the coast of Dieppe, France

Enlisted

1943-01-07 Roanoke, Virginia

Other

Memorialized

Ardennes American Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium on the Tablets of the Missing at the Ardennes American Cemetery

Revisions

Date11 Jun 2020 13:56:29
ContributorED-BB
Sources

ABMC website

Date11 Jun 2020 13:04:01
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 5480
WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date1 Feb 2015 00:43:44
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:41
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5480 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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