Kimmel, Elden L., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Danforth Cemetery - Danforth, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Elden L. Kimmel was born on November 12, 1919 in Danforth, Illinois. His parents were Walter B. and Clara Margaritha "Maggie" Kimmel. While the US Censuses 1920 and 1930 show the family living in Danforth, the US Census 1940 has them in Gilman. He graduated from Gilman High School.

Kimmel enlisted on November 7, 1941 (a newspaper article states November 11) at Chanute Field as a private. His enlistment papers state he had completed 4 years of high school, and was working in an unskilled position within the transportation area.

He received training as an aerial gunner, was promoted to Sergeant, and assigned to a combat crew in England. He flew missions over Europe with this crew.

When the 32nd Bomb Squadron transferred part of its aircraft to North Africa in October, 1942, Kimmel and crew were selected. He began flying missions over North Africa in November, 1942. On January 7, 1943, the aircraft left the air field at Biskra, but crashed a few minutes later, killing all personnel.

The bodies were evidently recovered as Sgt Kimmel now lies in the Danforth Cemetery in Danforth, Illinois.
NAR Enlistment Records
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Application for Headstone or Marker


Sgt Elden L. Kimmel was the assigned tail gunner on B-17F #41-24350, named "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued to cover this loss. Mission loading lists show the personnel on board as:

1 Lt Wesley C. Sloulin  p
2 Lt Robert D. Olson  c-p
1 Lt Vincent C. Fratalli  nav
1 Lt William R. Crandall  bomb
SSgt Frederick J. Hull  eng/tt gun
SSgt William M. Most, Jr.  r/o
Sgt Frank Kahl  wg
Sgt Leslie Clark  gunner
Sgt Eldon L. Kimmel  tail gun
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Kimmel's name is listed as "Eldon" on the MACR and loading lists, but all other documents ( and gravestone) states "Elden,"

The three passengers were all aircraft mechanics - crew chiefs. Their presence on board is not explained.

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