Eakin, Elliot

Elliott Eakin U.S. Army Air Corps WWII
Elliott Eakin U.S. Army Air Corps WWII

Alternative Views:

Date of Birth: 2/2/1918
Died On: 1/12/2010
Street Address: 2 Stuyvesant Avenue
Service Number: 32215398
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps - 2nd Lt. Pilot B-17, 452nd Bomb Group

Veteran Code: USAAC-54

Elliot Eakin was born in New York in 1918. In Rye his family lived at 2 Stuyvesant Avenue. Elliott was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1935. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Elliot Eaken

Elliot Eaken was born to Constant and Elliot Eakin on February 2nd, 1918. The family lived in Manhattan for his early life, and his father worked at an electrics company. However, as the Great Depression hit, Elliot was sent to live with his maternal uncle in Rye. He lived with Uncle and Aunt, Chetwood and Julia Elliot, and their children Harry, John and Julia at 2 Stuyvesant Avenue.

It was here that he completed his education and worked as a salesman for an advertising company, after graduating from Rye High School in 1935. In school he was active in athletics and took a special interest in local civics, he was a member of the National Honor Society, stagecoach staff, and was Class Secretary. Elliot Eaken married Elizabeth Anne O’Brien in January of 1942 and in February he enlisted with the US Army Corps, after setting up a home at 35 Locust Avenue.

While waiting in Fort Moses, Washington to be assigned a station, Elliot ran into a fellow Rye High School graduate and friend, Charles Moxhay. The two were stationed in Britain together, and Moxhay was a bombardier on the plane Eakin piloted. Lieut. Moxhay flew with Eakin on 30 missions and went on to say “I can remember at least five times when Eakin saved my life” and called him a “superlative” pilot. Lt. Eakin himself praised their crew for its individual expertise that slot together easily, “we developed a smooth working team that brought us through many a rough spot.”

Their plane, dubbed the Inside Curve after the pitch in baseball known to be hardest to hit, was a B-17 Flying Fortress. It flew in raids over Germany with a dedicated escort of fighter pilots. 1st Lieutenants Moxhay and Eakin were both awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, for incredible heroism.

Elliot and Elizabeth welcomed a son, Brian, in 1944 and a daughter, Melissa, in 1961. They raised their family in Rye, at 111 Hix Avenue. Elliot was a member of the Rye Democratic Committee and later Chairman. He worked on the school board, and held a passion for the community. The family were members of Coveleigh.

Elliot Eakin retired in Rye and passed in 2010, after his wife and son. At the time he was survived by his daughter Melissa.

Elizabeth Waters
Rye High School, 2023

Inside Curve: The plane was named by the radio operator, John Sparky Collier, who was a big St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Collier knew that the inside curve pitch in baseball was the hardest to hit so the crew agreed to affix the name to their plane. Elliot Eakin was pilot. Plane #42-39973. Rye High School Graduate, class of 1935

An Eighth AAF Bomber Station. England

The Disinguished Flying Cross, one of the airmen's most, coveted awards, has been presented to 1st Lt, Elliot Eakin of Rye. N. Y., pilot of the Eighth AAF Flying Fortress, ''Inside Curve,'' for ''extraordinary achievement'' while participating in numerous combat missions over Germany and Nazi Europe. At the controls of ''Inside Curve,'' Lt. Eakin has taken part in six attacks on Berlin but regards the assault on the synthetic oil factory in Brux, Germany, as the roughest air battle of his career. ''About 200 enemy fighters jumped us,'' said the Rye youth. ''They came at us in groups of at least 50, making vicious head-on attacks, and blazing their way in until either hit by our gunners' fire or forced to turn to avoid collisions.'' The crew of ''Inside Curve'' claimed 5 fighters destroyed in 20 minutes during the attack. Lt. Eakin had the highest praise for every member of his crew. ''We found.'' he stated, ''that there is no substitute for individual responsibility. Each man was an expert at his own job and left free to handle it with a minimum of interference. ''With this as a basis,'' he added, ''we developed a smooth working team that brought us through many a rough spot.'' The crew saw flak put 39 holes in their ship in 29 missions, and then picked up over 50 flak holes in less than ten minutes over Berlin on their 30th sortie. ''But the old Fort brought us home in good shape,'' Lt. Eakin observed, ''even though she did look like something of a sieve.'' Lt. Eakin had a special word of praise for the fighter pilots that escort the Fortresses. ''We really like those boys,'' he stated, ''and have the greatest admiration for the way they will attack enemy fighters, no matter how great the odds. On one trip we saw 7 P-47s jump over 30 Nazi fighters and scatter them all over the -sky, shooting down several. Lt. Eakin's wife, Elizabeth, and son, Brian, live at 445 E. 65th Street, NewYork City. His aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Chetwood Elliot, live at Rye, N. Y

Links to this Veterans History

Share your knowledge of this product. Be the first to write a review »