Lieutenant Elliot, who is missing in action as a member of the 10th Air Force, was lauded in official citation for interposing his own heavy bomber in the line of fire to field an already doomed flight leader's plane. Already the holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal, won for other thrilling aerial combat moments, Lieutenant Elliot reflected the greatest credit upon the AAF by pulling his heavy bomber from a protected place and shielding the leader of the flight whose plane already had lost two engines and was rapidly losing altitude.
Born in Jones County, Texas, on a farm near Anson, June 29, 1921, Lieutenant Elliot graduated from Anson High School in May, 1937. He worked with his father on the farm prior to entering the service in March, 1939, when he began service with the 82nd Field Artillery at Fort Bliss (El Paso, Texas), and served with that until April, 1941, at which time he entered the Aviation Cadet program. Lieutenant Elliot received Flight training at Kelly Field, Sikeston, Mo., Enid, Okla., and Lubbock, where he received his wings and commission as a multi-engine plane pilot. Transition into four-engine bombers was received by Lieutenant Elliot at Tarrant Field, Fort Worth, Tex. , and he was given further training at Tucson, Ariz., and Biggs Field, Tex., before being sent overseas the latter part of June, 1943. It was in brilliant (and heroic) action over Burma that Lieutenant Elliot was reported missing in action on 1 December, 1943.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliot have one other son, Chief Warrant Officer James S. Elliot, in the service. Stationed at Mather Field, Calif., he has served in the army for nine years.
The Reporter-New of Abilene, Texas, on 23 Sept., 1949, reported: “Lt. George Truett Elliot Rites Held for Truby Flier," Funeral for Lt. George Truett Elliott, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Elliott, Sr., of the Truby Community in Jones County, killed in combat in Burma, Dec. 1, 1943, was held in St. Louis Thursday. Mass funeral was conducted for him and 10 members of the plane crew, none
identified. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott left Abilene Wednesday on the T&P Eagle for St. Louis.
The youth was pilot of the plane which had a crew of 11 when shot down. He trained at various posts--Kelly Field, Sikeston, Mo.; Enid, Okla., Lubbock, Tucson, Biggs Field, El Paso. He was graduated from the Lubbock Flying School at Lubbock Jan. 14. He was a grandson of C. Spurling, Anson, one of Jones County's pioneer settlers. He was a member of the Truby Baptist Church. The Rev. Scott W. Hickey, of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, was his pastor.” From story prepared by Ella Bullard.