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Elmer R Vollrath


Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17E #41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron



  • VIII Bomber Command 10

    6 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...

Associated Place

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 6 September 1942

Aircraft crashed into the English Channel as a result of attacks by German fighters. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 00:29:27 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 15:56:12 Lucy May Changes to biography and place associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16489 /

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2014 19:09:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to role, biography, awards, events and place associations

Lee Cunningham 15-Nov-2014. Connections; events; Summary biography added.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 21:18:26 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, events and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 Missing Air Crew Report 16489, American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

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

MACR 16489 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database