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Elden Francis Gould

Military

Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Substitute tail gunner, on 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, A/C received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Lofton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    On 17 Oct 1944 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base. Killed in Action (KIA) on 1 April 1945. B-24 A/C #44-10577 'Lucky...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95312 Lucky Penny

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 734th Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group. The aircraft completed its first mission on 9 May 1944. It was the second aircraft to be named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of Pilot Nicholas Radosevich. ...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Providence County, Rhode Island 3 February 1925

Son of Carlton M and Mildred E Gould.

Enlisted Providence, Rhode Island 23 January 1943

Providence, Rhode Island

Based Old Buckenham 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out RTD Spa, Belgium 17 October 1944

On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD.

Discharged USAAF 9 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 19 July 1972
Buried Swan Point Cemetery Providence, Providence County, RI 22 July 1972

Swan Point Cemetery
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2021 15:17:21 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/129531080/elden-francis-gould

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2021 19:16:20 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2019 11:05:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/3515785-elden-gould
https://www.fold3.com/record/83440775-elden-f-gould
https://www.fold3.com/image/190562725?rec=190562819
https://www.fold3.com/record/619310548-elden-gould-1925
https://www.fold3.com/image/658032160?terms=elden%20Gould
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/23246
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/129531080/elden-francis-gould

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc

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