Carter, Elmer F., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 511-Armorer
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 831st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Apr 20, 1944
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)485th Bombardment Group, Heavy831st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 521, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 511, 485th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, 831st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Sgt Elmer Frank Carter was an aircraft armorer assigned to the 831st Bomb Squadron of the 485th Bomb Group.

He was born in Missouri in January, 1919. The family was living in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925. Around 1930, the family moved to Culver City, California. Nothing has been found concerning his early life or the date he entered military service. It is only known that he entered the service in Long Beach, California.

He was part of the ground echelon deploying to North Africa aboard the S.S. Paul Hamilton, a Liberty ship that was also carrying a full cargo of munitions. The convoy, UGS38, was attacked at night by 23 Junker Ju-88 torpedo bombers approximately 30 miles off the coast of Algiers at Cape Bengut. One torpedo struck the S.S. Paul Hamilton, and the cargo of munitions detonated.

There were 580 men on board the ship; not one survived. After a number of rescue flights, only one body was ever recovered. All of those killed are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in the North African American Cemetery located at Carthage.


The remainder of the ground echelon deploying to Algiers were on two of the other ships in the convoy. Although the ships were attacked and damaged, they managed to arrive in port with no loss of life.

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