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Robert Frederick Elliott


Robert Elliott was a fighter pilot with the 8th AAF in England, training on P-38s in the 14th Fighter Group/49th Fighter Squadron. Ditched P38 Serial 41-7677 off the coast of Wales, UK on a training flight 27 September 1942. Transferred to the North African Theatre, he was shot down by a Me109 on Dec 5, 1942 while on a mission to Bizerte, Tunisia in the follow-up to Operation Torch. Lt Elliott's body was never found and he is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).


Units served with

  • 14th Fighter Group

    14th Fighter Group

    The 14th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a P-38 Lightning Group that fought in Tunisia and the Italian campaign, as well as providing bomber escorts for attacks across southern Europe. ...

  • 49th Fighter Squadron


  • 41-7677

    P-38 Lightning
    Flown by 2nd Lt Robert F. Elliott on a gunnery practice training flight 27 September 1942. Made forced landing on North Wales beach in surf off Llanbedr Sep 13, 1942 due to fuel exhaustion. Walked away unhurt. Plane was disarmed and only partially...

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...


Event Location Date
Born Virginia, United States 5 September 1918

the son of Bonus M. and Beulah (Hall) Elliott

Enlisted Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States 29 July 1940

in the Air Corps

made ditching on training flight off the beach at Llanbedr, Wales, United Kingdom 27 September 1942

in P-38F Serial 41-7677. Came out unharmed.

Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing Carthage American Cemetery, Tunisia


Date Contributor Update
11 December 2017 10:56:38 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events and place associations

Fold 3 page for pilot Robert E. Elliott -
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
US Censuses 1930 and 1940
DPAA Missing list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / losses of the 8th & 9th