Luckenbach, Elgin Julius, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0737-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 408th Bombardment Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Luckenbach, Texas
Last Address
Nadzab, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1944
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 8350

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 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)22nd Bombardment Group, Medium408th Bombardment Squadron
  1942-1942, US Army (USA)
  1943-1943, 22nd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1943-1944, 408th Bombardment Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-25 Mitchell2
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt Elgin Julius Luckenbach was a Flight Engineer on a B-24J Liberator. The pilot of the aircraft #42-100225 was Capt Thomas C. Paschal. The narrative below describes the circumstances surrounding the death of SSgt Luckenach and the members of his crew:

"Tom Paschal and his crew boarded the 'Royal Flush' on April 16, 1944. The four-engine B-24, a heavy bomber in the 408th Squadron, 22nd Bomber Group, 5th Air Force, was one of 222 bombers taking off from Nadzib in eastern New Guinea, a large island in the Coral Sea just north of Australia. The bombers flew about 500 miles to pound the Japanese at Hollandia on the north coast of New Guinea. The massive American bombing run destroyed personnel area, supply depots and anti-aircraft sites, then escaped without losses. Until they hit the storm.
Royal Flush was one of five bombers flying in formation that entered a black cloud in very poor weather - only four came out. The Royal Flush was missing, and it was thought the bomber and crew disappeared into the ocean. In all, the storm claimed 30 bombers..." Source: Article of Topeka Capital-Journal, A world, a war away; Local relatives relieved WWII remains found, by Steve Fry, at

"Airmen Missing In Action From WWII are Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of eleven U.S. airmen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are Captain Thomas C. Paschal, El Monte, California; First Lieutenant Frank P. Giugliano, New York, New York; First Lieutenant James P. Gullion, Paris, Texas; Second Lieutenant Leland A. Rehment, San Antonio, Texas; Second Lieutenant John A. Widsteen, Palo Alto, California; Staff Sergeant Richard F. King, Moultrie, Georgia; Staff Sergeant William Lowery, Republic, Pennsylvania; Staff Sergeant Elgin J. Luckenbach, Luckenbach, Texas; Staff Sergeant Marion B. May, Amarillo, Texas; Sergeant Marshall P. Borofsky, Chicago, Illinois; Sergeant Walter G. Harm, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; all U.S. Army Air Forces.
The group remains of the entire crew are to be buried today at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, as are the individual remains of each man with the exception of King, Giugliano and Widsteen, whose families have elected hometown burials....
Source: News Releases from the United States Department of Defense, No. 338-06 Immediate Release, Apr 21, 2006,
SSgt Luckenbach was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben B. Luckenbach.

"Name: Elgin J. Luckenbach
Birth Year: 1921
Nativity State or Country: Texas
State of Residence: Texas
County or City: Gillespie
Enlistment Date: 9 Jun 1942
Enlistment State: Texas
Enlistment City: San Antonio
Branch: Branch Immaterial-Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Quartermaster Corps
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the war...
Component: Army of the United States
Source: Civil Life
Education: 2 years of college
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 69
Weight: 148"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

"Name: Elgin J Luckenbach
Service Info: SSGT US ARMY
Birth Date: 14 Jan 1921
Death Date: 16 Apr 1944
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: C/O Director Arlington, VA 22211
Buried At: Section 60 Site 8350"
Source: U.S. Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,
Note: There are both individual and crew gravesites at Arlington

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