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Elmer R Evanson


Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. In baling out, was struck by open bomb bay doors resulting in a damaged shoulder and sustaining a...

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31597 Landa

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Salt Lake 28/11/43; Cheyenne 17/12/43; Kearney 20/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/43; Assigned 527/BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 30/1/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with John Conroy...


  • 731

    30 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Watford City, North Dakota, USA 16 October 1920

Son of Martin and Lillian F [Dickey] Evanson.

Enlisted North Dakota 19 December 1942
Based Kimbolton 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Leipzig, Germany 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. POW. MACR 11127

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 30 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 18 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Watford City, ND 21 August 1995


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 10:41:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11127 / MACR 11127; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database