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Formal presentation of Distinguished Flying Cross to Lt. Col. Elliott Roosevelt and his group for outstanding services performed by the group in the African Campaign. [Note B-17E 41-9045 'Stinky' provides the backdrop].

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A28691-B23665AC.

27 December 1942: "Stinky" provides a backdrop for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to FDR's kid: LTC Elliott Roosevelt, commander of the 3rd Reconnaissance Group in North Africa. Less than three weeks later, on 15 January 1943, this B-17 would be written off in a forced landing in Athenry, Ireland. While all the occupants survived the accident unscathed - including six general officers (J.L. Devers among them) - sliding through a stone wall damaged the ship beyond economical repair.



  • Elliott Roosevelt

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer Photographic Wing
    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...


  • 41-9045 Stinky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; crash landed Agricultural College, Athenry, Ireland, near Galway Bay, 15/1/43 ex N/Africa after taking part in 1st Prov Grp of Gen Brereton in Eritrea (as No 8.). En route...


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06 December 2016 17:15:49 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, person associations and aircraft associations