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Deforest Lockrow Ela

Military

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. KIA in 41-23778 'Lady Luck' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2141/3150

Awards: AM,PH.

In Memoriam

'De Forest Ela, Bomber pilot who was lost on the bombing of Ploesti in World War 2'
Remembered by Roy Crawford Jr, East Boothbay, ME

Service

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


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  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23778 'Lady Luck' - 'Jenny'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN #41-23778 renamed 'Lady Luck' from 'Jenny' - Survived Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti Romania, August 1, 1943. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Quincy, Massachusetts 7 January 1921

Son of George E and Gertrude M Ela.

Enlisted Boston, MA 29 July 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

Based 1943 – 16 August 1943

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Ruoti, Italy 16 August 1943

Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. KIA in 41-23778 'Lady Luck' KIA MACR 2141/3150

Buried Blue Hill Cemetery Braintree, Norfolk County, MA November 1949

Blue Hill Cemetery
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

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