December 1, 1920 (Norwalk, CT) – June 22, 1943; 22 years old
Unmarried; engaged to Catherine Nolan when he was killed
Last local address: 198 Lakeview Drive, Norwalk
Enlisted May 12, 1942
Service number: 11066576
Unit: 91st Bomber Group, 324th Bomber Squadron
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Officially listed as “Finding of Death.”
Elmer served as a Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29998, 324th Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. B-17 #42-29998 took off, with a crew of 10, from England on a bombing mission over a synthetic rubber plant in Huls, Germany. Over the target they were attacked by German fighter aircraft and shot down. Eight members of the crew were killed and 2 became POW’s of the German Army.
Names of Crew Killed In Action
Pilot: Joe Slattery
Navigator: Julius Ziegelmeyer
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Dickson
Radio Operator: Glenn MacDonald
Ball turret gunner: Eldridge Hulet
Waist gunner: Dave Fishburn
Waist gunner: Elmer Frederick
Tail gunner: Ed Simon
Co-pilot: Walter Brass (survived, POW)
Bombardier: Bob Brubaker (survived, POW)
After extensive research, it is not known where Sgt Frederick is buried. The accident report shows a gravesite in Germany with two unidentified bodies. It is unknown whether this was pursued or not.
This is page 10 of the Missing Air Craft Report 15576: