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Hardy, S/Sgt. Elmer C.

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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 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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