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Major Elliot Summer

Major Elliot Summer


Born in Providence, Rhode Island on 22 November 1919, Elliot Summer studied architecture at Columbia University before entering the Army Air Forces pilot training program. He graduated at Luke Field, Arizona on 4 January 1943 and was assigned to twin engine fighter training with the 360th and 329th Fighter Groups at Glendale, California. On 23 July he was assigned to the newly-formed 432nd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, then training with Lockheed P-38s in Amberly, Australia.

The 475th moved to Dobodura, New Guinea on 14 August, and a week later Summer scored his initial victory, a Zeke downed over Oro Bay. Credited with two more in October, one Oscar on the 13th and another on the 24th. He achieved ace status on 21 December with a pair of Val dive bombers downed over Arawe. The next day he shot down a Zeke over Wewak.

Promoted to captain in late 1944, Summer became 432nd Squadrons' operations officer. When the 475th moved to the Philippines that fall, hunting picked up again and Summer bagged two Zekes on 12 November, running his string to nine just ten days before his 25th birthday. The 7 December mission to Ormoc Bay resulted in his tenth and last victory.

On 2 January 1945, Summer became commander of the 432nd. Returning to the States as a major in July 1945, he had spent 24 months with the 475th Group. After the war he became a noise abatement officer for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tally Record:
10 Confirmed
1 Damaged 

Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters 

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