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Elliott Leroy Gadd


Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31740. Prisoner of War (POW).

Earlier 10/14/43 on return from Schweinfurt mission, B-17#42-29784 "Smilin'-Thru" crashed at Wiltshire with crew bailing out with all returning to duty.



Units served with

  • 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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29784 Smilin' Thru

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    42-29784 Delivered to the Cheyenne, Wyoming Modification center on 18 February 1943. Moved to Salina, Kansas on 2 March 1943. Ferried overseas and assigned to the 366th Bombardment Squadron, squadron code KY-K, 305th Bombardment Group, station 105,...

  • 42-31740

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; Oklahoma City 12/1/44; Kearney 16/1/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44; Missing in Action Marienburg 9/4/44 with George Schock, Co-pilot: Elliott Gadd, Navigator: Ehrhardt Mittendorf,...


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...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


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Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 21:25:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2017 10:36:36 Lucy May Changes to service number and place associations

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2015 01:27:52 bombercommand Changes to middlename, awards, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:08:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3653, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 341,