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Orville Earnest Elkin

Military

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31987 'Shilaylee' aka 'The Little Skipper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Romulus 23/2/44; Grenier 28/2/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-A] Thorpe Abbotts 10/3/44; 418BS [LD-D]; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Glen Rojohn, Co-pilot: Bill Leek, Navigator: Bob Washington,...

Missions

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ouachita Parish, LA, USA 14 November 1924
Lived in Winnsboro, Louisiana, USA 1941
Enlisted 88 Shreveport Rd, Barksdale AFB, LA 71110, USA 1942

Barksdale Field
Shreveport
Louisiana

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 31 December 1944

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) 78-220 Tychowo, Poland 31 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out Kleingärtnerverein Rüstringen e.V., Neuengrodener Weg 50, 26386 Wilhelmshaven, Germany 31 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wilhelmshaven Mid air collision near Rustringen in B-17 42-31987 'the Little Skipper' Baled out Prisoner of War (POW) 31-Dec-44. MACR 11359.

Buried Winnsboro, LA 71295, USA April 1982

Myrtle Memorial Cemetery
Winnsboro
Franklin Parish
Louisiana, USA

Died Franklin Parish, LA, USA 7 April 1982

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2017 10:36:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46703402
https://www.fold3.com/page/90484429-orville-e-elkin/facts
https://www.fold3.com/record/90484429-orville-e-elkin
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29956368

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001, MACR 11550 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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