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Albert M. "“Bucky” " ELTON

Operations Officer 418th BS | CO 418th BS
Army Serial Number: O-398685
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Unit: 418th Bombardment Squadron
Rank: Major
Position: Command Pilot Position
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: CPT
Comments: 350TH COMMANDING OFFICER/ 418th Operations Officer

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Albert Elton commissioned PrintThe Atlanta Constitution Oct 11 194012:00 am
Albert Elton bulldog to go overseas PrintThe Atlanta Constitution March 9 194312:00 am
Albert Elton and Frank Murphy arrive in war zonePrintAtlanta Journal June 18 194312:00 am
Albert Elton made CaptainPrintThe Atlanta Constitution Nov 11 194312:00 am
Charles Terry, Leonard Malcuit, Elton win top honors in liars contest on 100th first anniversaryPrintAlabama Journal Nov 22 194312:00 am
Albert Elton hunch pays off for flierPrintLansing State Journal Jan 23 194412:00 am
Albert Elton wounded in the eyePrintThe Atlanta Journal Jan 30 194412:00 am
Albert Elton Squadron achieves recordPrintThe Mountaineer Echo Jan 26 194412:00 am
Albert Elton hero of daring exploitsPrintThe Mountaineer Echo Aug 9 194412:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:

MAJ. ALBERT MAX "BUCKY" ELTON (O-398685), WAS OPERTIONS OFFICER OF THE 418TH SQDN. WHEN THE GROUP FLEW TO ENGLAND IN JUNE 1943 (Capt at that point). ; When Maj Eagan was shot down on Oct 10, 1943, Capt Elton became temporary CO of the 418th until Capt. Ev Blakely was made CO of the 418th and Capt Elton was made CO of the 350th BS. He BECAME COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 350TH WHEN GALE CLEVEN WAS LOST ON THE MUNSTER MISSION OF 10 OCT 43. On March 6, 1944 Maj Bucky Elton was leading the 100th "A" Group to Berlin. On that day the 100th BG lost 15 Crews.

SOC-Bucky Elton whose weight, because of too many sleepless nights, had come down t 103 pounds. Elton dreaded nightmares and went to sleep in the room with "Smokey" Stover, the medic to calm his nerves.



Subj: Re: 100thBG Feedback Form
Date: 8/4/2003 5:12:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Albert Max Elton was a Lt. Col. from 1946 until he retired in 1967
My father Albert Max Elton, Buck Elton, went on to
become a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, a distinguished
career in the military, ending with his retirement as
Professor of Aerospace Studies at UCLA, California.
He started a college, Casa Loma College, in the
poorest neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley and
developed the first of many new programs modelled
throughout the country. I will look for more photos
and I understand he donated his memorabilia to Abbot

My mother kept a scrap book of all of the news
articles from each battle, and his postcards and
letters interspersed. I can track it down if you

Pat Elton

Albert Elton was a Lt. Col. from 1946 until he retired in 1967.

Albert Max Elton
Date of Rank 24 Feb 46
Augmented Regular Air Force (FR35500) 11 Apr 51
Previous Serial Numbers: AO398685, 7004732
Discharged 27 Oct 67 (Permanent Disability)


Distinguished Flying Cross (GO291 Hq 8th AF 1944)

Air Medal (Same GO as DFC)

Air Force Commendation Medal (GO63 Hq 15th AF 1960)
1st Oak Leaf Cluster to AFCM (SOG167 15th AF 1963)

Combat Readiness Medal (GO76 Hq 3rd AF 1945)
1st and 2nd Oak Leaf Clusters to CR (GO66 Hq 15th AF 1957)

Purple Heart (no date)
1st Oak Leaf Cluster to PH (no date)

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (no date)

American Defense Service Medal (no date)

Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (no date)
2 Bronze Service Stars to EAMECM (no date)

World War II Victory Medal (no date)

United Nations Service Medal (no date)

National Defense Service Medal (no date)
1 Bronze Service Star to NDSM (no date)

Korea Service Medal (no date)

Armed Forces Reserve Medal (no date)

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (no date)

American Campaign Medal (no date)
1 Bronze Service Star to ACM (no date)

Air Force Longevity Service Award (no date)
4 Oak Leaf Clusters to AFLSA (no date)

B-50D Familiarization Course - 1951
Advanced Flying School Jet 1955
ABC Weapons (Nuclear) 1956
B-52 Combat Crew Training 1957
KC-135 Combat Crew Training 1959
Missile Launch Officer 1961
Missile Maintenance Officer 1961
Autometics (?) 1961
Counterinsurgency Indoctrination Course 1964
Air War College 1964
B.A. International Affairs (Probably AFIT)

At least this is how I decipher the DD214.........Charlie Cole (from email from Pat Elton)

Subj: B-17 42-5863
Date: 11/11/2002 11:04:42 AM Pacific Standard Time

Hello Mike, Do you have any information about a belly landing crash at
Thorpe Abbotts of B-17 # 42-5863 Paddlefoot's Proxy on Sept 6, 1943 piloted
by Albert M. Elton? Also is there any way to find out if this A/C was green
or silver?
Thanks....Jeffrey DeLong

Subj: Paddlefoot's Proxy......Sept. 6, 1943
Date: 12/6/2002 5:04:23 AM Pacific Standard Time

Hi Mike, I received the copy of the accident report last night about the
events of Sept. 6, 1943. Bucky Elton did have a belly landing, but it was
from a test flight after repairs had been made to the plane. I am assuming
repairs made due to the damage received on Sept. 3rd.

Jeff DeLong

Subj: The Paddlefoot
Date: 12/12/2002 10:17:16 AM Pacific Standard Time
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Hello Mike,
Here is the info from the report of Paddledoot's Proxy as told by Capt. Elton:

“I took off at 1833, September 6, 1943 to slow time a new engine (no. 3). The others aboard were (1) Pilot and Co-Pilot of a replacement crew. (2) Our squadron line chief (engineering). At 1925 I attempted to contact the tower for landing instruction and found my radio out. I then attempted to get visual (green light) by flying over the field gear down. The right gear would not extend either electrically or manually. As darkness was approaching I knew that I hed to set it down shortly, regardless of the full gas load ( approximately 1600 Gls.) I fired a red-red flare on those dry run approaches and dropped a note to the man on the tower. When I sure that all on the ground was ready, ambulances, fire-truck, and men in asbestos suits, I landed the ship on the grass paralleling our E-W runway. Nothing unusual happened.”

John B. Kidd added the following:

“A report from the squadron-engineering officer stated that the upper limit switch failed to operate causing the motor to burn out, and the clutch to freeze. This prevented the gear from being lowered by the hand crank. No responsibility can be placed upon the crew due to the mechanical nature of the failure. I witnessed the landing, which was excellent. The report listed J.J Flannigan (CP), G.A. VanGemert (E), and D.E. Dunsdon (CP) as the other crewmembers with Capt. Elton. It also stated that the aircraft was recovered by the 98th Service Squadran. The accident happened Sept. 6, 43 and the report was stamped as received by Headquarters Flight Control Command in Winston-Salem, NC on Oct. 2, 43. The report totaled 9 pages.”

Jeff DeLong
Memo 2:
"One day while I was there, I went out to the tower alone. It was raining, and the low clouds raced by. I climbed up to the top where we used to wait for them to come back. I must have been there for a half hour, and then - I swear - I heard them all come back. Patrick, Adams, Schmallenback, Barnhill, Knox, Biddick, all of them. I couldn't see them up there in the clouds, but their engines made the old tower tremble - one slow pass - and they were gone. I do not expect you to understand this, but you must believe it.
I have the feeling they will return because they are being remembered." - 100th BG veteran Capt "Bucky" Elton, writing about a 1982 visit to Thorpe Abbotts