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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

  • 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 - Jenny - Lady Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23778, was, first, named, Jenny. when it was in the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 66th Bombing Squadron in Britain, in 1942. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force and sent to Benghazi, Libya...

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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