Grafton Underwood, England (Station 106) 1943-1945
384th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
"Keep The Show On The Road"
DeElmo, William Fowler
Individual Personnel Data
DeElmo, William Fowler‡
Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943
Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
Last Duty Date
20 April 1943
DeElmo was apparently transferred to the 385th Bomb Group after 20 April 1943; however no confirmation of that transfer has been found in records at hand. The last specific reference to this airman is on 20 April 1943 in the 545th BS Morning Report. The next concrete record of this airman is MACR 1899 which reports the 385th BG aircraft he was on, as flight engineer, was lost in transit from Gander Field, Newfoundland, to Prestwick, Scotland after departing on 27 June 1943. All aboard were declared MIA as of 28 June 1943.
The Edwards Crew joined the 545th BS at Wendover on 1 February 1943. Identified as "Crew #4" on the assignment order, they became the first "Crew #52" in the squadron.
Before moving to England, Ellis was transferred out of the Group and was replaced by S/Sgt Robert P Goldman as Radio Operator: DeElmo was later replaced by S/Sgt Charles P Tate, and Miller took over as Engineer.
This revised crew flew to England and are the ones pictured in the standard crew photo in the photo gallery. They flew several missions together with occasional substitutions until Edwards was wounded on the 25 July 1943 mission. He recovered after several months and returned to combat duty, later becoming a lead pilot. Guzy left the crew after the 25 July 1943 mission, and flew no more missions with the 384th after that.
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