p51 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "E"
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Pilot Name Biography Summary
John Leard Elder, Jr. WWII FIGHTER ACE!
John Elder joined Army Reserves after Pearl Harbor and commissioned as Second Lieutenant following pilot training completion at Victoria Field, Texas. Interestingly enough Bert Marshall, Jr - a future fellow squadron commander for the 355th FG was his instructor. He joined the 50th FG which became the 355th FG in May 1942 and shipped overseas with the group in July 1943.
Thomas F. Ellis Took Flight training Gulf Coast Training Command, graduating class 44B Eagle Pass, Texas. At Venice, Florida completed P40 R.T.U. Joined the 86th Ftr. Gp., 527th Ftr. Sqd. on Corsica. Flew 110 missions 1 E.A. destroyed. On returning to the States assigned Assistant Base Ops. Moore Field Mission, Texas.

In 1946 assigned to Wright Patterson, Ohio, Fit. Test Division, then as Civilian Personnel Officer.

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