Elroy Frank Wyman

Elroy Frank Wyman

Male 1921 - 1945  (23 years)

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  • Name Elroy Frank Wyman 
    Born 28 Sep 1921  North Berwick, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    Died 18 Mar 1945  Barth POW Camp, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hillside Cemetery, North Berwick, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10329  Wyman
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2021 

    Father Melville James Wyman Click to preview: Melville James Wyman,   b. 5 Aug 1878, Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1968, Sanford, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Isabelle C. Blakeley Click to preview: Isabelle C. Blakeley,   b. 27 Sep 1878, ,, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1971, North Berwick, York, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 15 Dec 1903  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Sep 1921 - North Berwick, York, Maine, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Mar 1945 - Barth POW Camp, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hillside Cemetery, North Berwick, York, Maine, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "The War"

      Elroy enlisted in the Army on 4 May 1942 at Camp Langdon, Portsmouth, Maine as a Private in the Army Air Corps.

      Elroy ended up on 2nd Lieutenant Robert J Wozniak's crew flying B-24J "Swamp Angel" tail number 42-100352.

      The crew flew with the 565th Bombardment Squadron of the 389th Bombardment Group, of the 2nd Air Division of the 8th Air Force out of Hethel, England

      On February 20th, 1944 Swamp Angel was flying a mission to Brunswick, Germany when they were shot down by 5 enemy fighter aircraft. Witness state the bomber reared up out of formation and out of control and exploded after about 30 seconds. It crashed near Brunswick, Germany. Elroy was flying his 10th mission as the Navigator and bailed out with 8 of the other crew members. The tail gunner S/Sgt. William M Anderson was killed at his station by 20mm rounds. SGT George J. Shady radio operator / mechanic / gunner another survivor.

      Lt. Wyman had landed in the back yard of a home in his target area of Brunswick and the man had come out with a pitchfork and was headed for Lt. Wyman when the mans own daughter stopped him from harming the young American. Lt. Wyman was taken away by German soldiers and processed with the other new POW's until he made his way to his permanent POW camp Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany.

      Elroy, along with many of his fellow crew members ended up together in Stalag Luft 1.


      "The shooting"

      March 18th 1945

      (According to eye witness testimony between 11:20 and 11:30 AM)

      Elroy was housed in Block 2, room 9 of the South Compound when he stepped out of the block not hearing the Air Raid warning that had just occurred. After only a few yards Elroy, obviously noticing the situation, turned and ran back toward the door but was almost immediately shot and collapsed face down in the open doorway.

      2nd Lt. H.L. Burdette hearing the shot from room 12 ran into the hall and seeing Lt. Wyman in the doorway grabbed him by the shoulders of his field jacket and dragged him inside. Lt Burdette then called for Lt Arthur J Andrzejewski, knowing he had medical experience. The POW's inside Block 2 immediately began to scream and bang on walls and widows to get the attention of the Germans that they needed help. He was taken to the camp hospital and the Doc, Captain W. Martin Nichols, a British brain surgeon from England operated on him. The bullet had entered his right temple and exited just above his left eye. Lt Wyman was semiconscious at the time he was shot but died roughly 2 hours later after the operation.

      During this same Air raid warning another POW, South African Air Force Officer Lt. G. V. Whitehouse was also shot through the torso. He too was rushed to the camp hospital and was operated on by Lt. Col. Townsand. Whitehouse survived and spent the reminder of the war in a German hospital.

      The air raid warning system had recently been replaced and on March 15th Major Opperman, the lager officer, had been notified that the warning was not audible throughout the entire compound.

      Just four days earlier they had buried Lt. William L Cassell after he died of Leukemia.

      Elroy never married but he was engaged.