Ayer, Elliot Dean, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group
Service Years
1939 - 1952
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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greenfield
Last Address
Tallahassee, Florida


Casualty Date
Jul 25, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)67th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Cock18th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1939-1942, US Army (USA)
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 67th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Cock
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, 18th Fighter-Bomber Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1952-1952, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Ayers began his military service in 1939, and was at Schofield Barracks serving as a sergeant and ground control approach technician with an artillery unit of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawai. He was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Subsequently, he attended flight school, receiving his wings in November 1943, and flew P-47s in North Africa, Italy, and France, flying over 100 missions. He received his first DFC in August 1944.

In Korea, he had flown 85 missions at the time of his loss, and was just 6 days short of two full years of service in Korea. He flew with the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Group as the How Flight Leader in an F-51D (#44-74655) out of Hoengsong AB (K-46), South Korea. He flew the 45,000th combat sortie of that unit. He was on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire near Sarryong-Ni and crashed.

He was listed as MIA, presumed dead. He was the last known F-51 fighter pilot to be killed in the war.
   
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