Elmer Francis Scott Stahlman
Born 6 February 1918, Gaston, North Carolina
Died 4 June 1944
He attended Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tennessee
Buried at Mount Sterling Baptist Church Cemetery, Mount Sterling, NC
454th Bomber Group, 737th Bomber Squadron, 15th Air Force
Aircraft B-24H with serial number 42-52171 departed from San Giovanni Air Base on a bombing mission to Genoa, Italy. The aircraft was shot down in the harbor of Genoa. The crew was initially buried at Campo Santo Cemetery at Genoa, American field.
Statement from 2nd Lt Arthur S. Pitts”
Captain McKee was flying plane number 171 on my right side and as we came across to drop our bombs I saw that the flak was very intense to the right and I knew that Capt. McKee would have to go through it so I looked over and saw that he was going down. His tail was shot off and the fuselage around the bomb bay was broken. I did not observe anyone parachute out, but it seemed that someone was attempting to control the plane.
Pilot, William E. McKee
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Oscar N. Washer Jr.
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Elmer F.S. Stahlman (promoted to 1st Lt at death)
Engineer, S/Sgt Morris Chipkin
Radio Operator, Cpl Richard W. Rousseau
Aerial Gunner, S/Sgt Arthur C. Braun Jr.
Aerial Gunner, S/Sgt Russell W. Lindsay
Aerial Gunner, S/Sgt Robert W. Bliss