B-17 Flying Fortress Pilot recognized as a World War II Hero

A special ceremony was held last Friday, May 11, 2012 in honor of the B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, Elmer B. Wulf, a World War II Army Air Force pilot. U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert presented the Distinguished Flying Cross medal to Elmer’s wife, Jane Wulf.

On February 14, 1945, Elmer Wulf, the pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber came under a heavy German fire, lost it’s three of four engines. Maneuvering through the heavy attack, Elmer put the lives of his 10 crew members before his own and ordered each to jump out of the plane just before Elmer made an emergency crash.

Elmer Wulf's sons David (left) and Mark, and their mother Jane, widow of pilot Elmer Wulf, listen to the Distinguished Flying Cross proclamation that accompanies the medal, as Rep. Judy Biggert reads it.

“The Distinguished Flying Cross is a recognition of heroism at its finest,” said Biggert, who worked with the Wulf family to recommend Elmer for the award, which was eventually approved by the Department of the Air Force. “It’s awarded to those who demonstrate extraordinary courage in aerial combat. There’s no doubt on that dangerous bombing mission Elmer’s bravery knew no bounds.” Biggert explained in behalf of Elmer’s honor he deserved.

“While we can never repay our veterans for the countless sacrifices they have made, we can take every opportunity to honor them and keep their memories alive,” Biggert said. “Elmer was a hero, not only to those aboard his B-17 Flying Fortress, but to every American who values the freedom that he worked so hard to protect.” The recognition for Elmer’s bravery was 67 years in the making. For Elmer’s family, his heroism needs to be remembered.

“It means so much to me and my family for Elmer’s life and achievements to be presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross,” Jane Wulf said. “I know my husband would have been honored to receive this distinguished recognition.”

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy, strategic bomber aircraft was developed in the 1930 for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).

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