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Elvin Glen Rankin

Military

Shot down 15 August 1943 in B-17 42-30598, Killed in Action.

Air Medal, Purple Heart

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30598

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/7/43; Dow Fd 16/7/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-L] Gt Ashfield 16/7/43; Missing in Action Lille 15/8/43 with Ed Stone, Co-pilot: George Larsen, Navigator: Jim Atkinson, Bombardier: Darrell Taylor, Flight...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sharon, Pennsylvania 19 April 1924
Killed in action 15 August 1943
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2021 14:52:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 267; niece

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