The next of kin were listed as:
2ndLt Maag Wife, Mrs. Morris P Maag, 212 West Street, Wray, Colorado
2ndLt Elliot Father, George V. Elliot Rte # 1, Texas
2ndLt Hansen Father, Hansen, Brookyn, New York
2ndLt Emery Mother, Alice W. Emery, New York, New York
TSgt Johnson Sister, Eleanor J. (Soderstrom) Van Dury, Washington, D.C.
TSgt Soderstrom Wife, Angie Soderstrom, Ca n Lake, Minnesota
SSgt Bender Mother, Ellie Bender, 400 Westown Ave., East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
SSgt Glance Father, John Marvin Glance, Box 1362, Ashville, North Carolina
SSgt Coddington Father, Earl R. Coddington, Rte # 1, Bennett, Idaho
SSgt Forrest Mother, Elizabeth P. Forrest, 115 North Alabama St., Indiana
ELLIOT, GEORGE TRUETT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-670990, USAAF
2ndLt George Elliot was born 29 June 1921 on a farm near Anson, Jones County, Texas to George Virgil Elliott (1891-973) and Nora Canada (Spurling) Elliot (1894-1984) and had two siblings: Jo Ellen Elliot (1924-1995) and a brother. He graduated from Anson High School and worked on his father’s farm until he entered the service in May, 1937. Enlisted, he started with the 82nd Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas, and in April, 1941, qualified as an Aviation Cadet. He received flight training at Kelly Field, Sikeston, Missouri, then at Enid, Oklahoma, and finally at Lubbock, Texas, where he received his winds, commission and multi-engine rating. He transitioned to four-engine bombers at Tarrant Field, Fort Worth, Texas and had additional training at Tucson, Arizona, then Biggs Field, Texas. He was sent overseas in latter June, 1943.
He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart. His citation for the Silver Star reads in part:
“For gallantry in action against the enemy. On 1 December 1943, 2nd Lt. Elliot, flying as pilot in a formation of heavy bombers that was attacked by an overwhelming force of enemy fighters, suddenly noticed the predicament of his flight leader, who had lost two engines and was rapidly losing altitude. Pulling his plane from a protected place in the formation, Lt. Elliot moved in close behind the flight leader's crippled aircraft and as the enemy swept in for the final kill, interposed his own aircraft in the line of fire and shielded the already doomed plane. Again and again he did this, until overwhelming enemy cannon and machine gun fire caused his plane to disintegrate in violent explosion. The superb gallantry and heroism displayed by this officer in this occasion reflects the greatest credit upon the Army Air Force of the United States of America.” “Again and again Pilot Elliot did this," the citation accompanying the award read, "until overwhelming enemy cannon and machinegun fire caused his plane to disintegrate in violent explosion.”
The Sunday Morning, April 8, 1945, Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, Texas carried the story: ANSON LIEUTENANT WINS AWARD FOR GALLANTRY
For superb gallantry and heroism against the enemy, 2d Lt. George T. Elliot, son of Mr. and Mrs. George V. Elliot of Route 1, Anson, has been awarded the Silver Star. The War department award to the grandson of one of Jones County's pioneer citizens was mailed to his parents this week from the command headquarters of Col. Harry Weddington, at Abilene Army Air Field.