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Victor H Ellard Jr


Was in an experiment to prevent colds. We put vaporisers in all of the barracks at an air base near Kettering, England. Maintained them and kept records for about 2 months, but it was not a success. The colds continued.



Units served with

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 33rd Station Complement Squadron
  • 1050th Signal Company

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Dawson, New Mexico 24 September 1923
Enlisted Camp Shelby, MS 39401, USA 25 February 1943

Residence: Lowndes County, Mississippi
Private, Branch Immaterial

Attached Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 30 January 1944

Attached to the 546th Bombardment Squadron for Rations, Quarters and Administration on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #21 Dated 30 January 1944.

Relieved from Attached 17 February 1944

Relieved from attached to the 546th Bombardment Squadron for Rations, Quarters and Administration on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #32 Dated 17 February 1944.


Date Contributor Update
16 April 2016 23:44:51 bombercommand Changes to awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 06:19:17 Gregory Ellard Changes to media associations

Victor H Ellard Jr heard about the Pearl Harbor attack while he was sitting on his bicycle on the square of his small Mississippi hometown of Pittsboro. He decided to volunteer for the US Army Air Force so he could have some choice of service. He first rode troop trains and saw America as he received training in bases all over including Camp Shelby, Mississippi; Camp Kearns, Utah; Warner Robins, GA; and Camp Kilmer, NJ. Before finally heading out for action he and his new army friends made a memorable visit to Times Square. He started traveling to his final base in central England by taking a three week sea voyage, first passing through New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty and up close to Iceland in a converted Dutch freighter Sloterdyk in a large convoy of ships to avoid or defend against German U-boats. At war's end Vic came straight back to New York in 5 days on the unescorted Queen Mary, again passing by Lady Liberty. The return trip was less spartan but both voyages featured only two meals a day and they always included boiled eggs and beets.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 04:55:00 Gregory Ellard Changes to nickname

Son of Victor H Ellard Jr relates that he passed away February 27, 2015 and was a great father who raised two sons inspired to lead worthy lives. Of his wartime memories he mentioned that at the end of WW2 hostilities in Europe, the 8th Air Force allowed some of the ground crews including Vic an opportunity to fly in the planes they had supported. Vic spent a day flying in a B-17 from England to Germany and back. During the trip the pilots asked for volunteers to fly the aircraft. He was the only one who raised his hand and was allowed to take the controls for about 15 minutes. What an experience! Approaching landing he said he thought of bailing out over the base but thought better of it.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:28 AAM AAM ingest

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