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Robert Harold McElyea

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 7 July 1944, while flying B-24 Liberator 44-0086 on a mission to Bernburg, Germany.

His aircraft came under attack by enemy fighters, but was ultimately hit by flak and crashed near New Wegeralaben after exploding in mid-air. German authorities reported the aircraft completely destroyed except for the tail.

Service

People

  • John Brzozowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Irving Gleason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Thomas Minihan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Charles Miskevics

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Ernest Pelkey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Eugene Reeves

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Fred Stevens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

  • Charles Tilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben in B-24 #4440086

Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 856th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-40086

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 #4440086 was shot down by fighters and crashed near New Wegeralaben, Germany.

Missions

  • 458

    7 July 1944

Events

Event Location Date
Born Nebraska 1922
Died Bernberg 7 July 1944
Lived in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
Buried Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 12:10:07 Emily Changes to surname, middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report

Downed Allied Aircraft report

Find a Grave

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7831

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