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Eldon A Slager

Military

Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 41-29365. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Daniel Harris

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29365, Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from a 31 year career in the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29365

    B-24 Liberator
    Mission 291 350 B-24s are dispatched to aviation industry targets in Brunswick 1944-04-08 - MACR #: 3840 Notes:29365 (466th BG, 787th BS) lost Apr 8, 1944. MACR 3840

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sumner, IA 50674, USA 23 January 1921
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 14 December 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Sülfeld, Germany 8 April 1944

Slager was KIA when his a/c was shot down by German fighters. He sustained mortal wounds before the aircraft crashed.
"He was killed in the service of his country when his plane was shot down on its fourth mission over Germany in April 1944. S/Sgt Slager was first engineer and gunner for his crew. He received his training as an airplane mechanic at Fresno and Oakland, California and at Panama City, Florida. He embarked overseas in February 1944. The Purple Heart medal, service ribbons and citation issued by the war department have been received by his parents." (From pamphlet for his memorial service)

According his crew members he was seriously wounded and unconscious in the waist, they threw him out and pulled the ripcord.

Buried 1 May 1945

Listed on the Wall of Missing.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2016 00:19:51 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events and media associations
Sources

http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/american-war-cemetery-ma...

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 04:15:30 466thHistorian Changes to service number, role, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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