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S/Sgt. Elmer Curtis Hardy


Born: 9 January 1923 - Melrose Park, Illinois

Parents: Harry J. Hardy & Antonie Adamik-Hardy

Siblings: 2 brothers

Hometown:

    - 1542 North Thirty-Sixth Avenue - Melrose Park, Illinois

Education:

    - Grant Grade School

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1941

Occupation: worked as mechanic in machine shop

Enlisted:

    - 8 September 1942

        - U.S. Army Air Corps

Serial Number: 16081869

Training: 

    - Shepherd Field, Texas

        - basic training

        - graduated: 1 December 1942

    - Keisler Field, Mississippi

        - graduated: 20 March 1943

            - mechanic

    - Laredo Field, Texas

        - Gunnery School

            - Graduated: 18 June 1943

            - nose gunner

    - Pueblo, Colorado

        - combat training

        - left United States - 15 January 1944

Unit: 578th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force

Plane: B24 Liberator - #185

    - assigned to crew of  1st Lt. Russell Paules

Engagements:

    - 27 missions over Europe as member of B24 Bomber crew

Killed in Action:

    - 23 June 1944 - bombing mission over Leon, France

        - Plane hit by flak - went down in a turning dive. Two engines knocked out.

        - Plane burst into flames before hitting ground at 7:54 pm - 5 kilometers

           south/southeast of Leon.

        - According to the official German version, Elmer was recovered from plane

          dead - buried at Liesse Municipal Cemetery in grave 43 on June 25th.

        - According to to one crew member, he saw Elmer's body wrapped in his

           parachute at German Headquarters, it appeared there were bullet holes in

           the left side of his head.

Buried:

     - 10 November 1948 - Woodlawn Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois

Medals:

     - Air Medal - awarded by Lieutenant General Jimmy Doolittle

        - 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

        - Purple Heart


 

 

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