1942 : Sonny Eliot, Legendary Detroit Weatherman, Shot Down Over Germany

February 24, 2019 all-day

Sonny Eliot, the legendary Detroit weatherman whose career in
television and radio spanned over 60 years was a Prisoner of War during World War II. Eliot enlisted after Pearl Harbor and became a B-24 bomber pilot assigned to the 8th Air Force, 577th Squadron, based in Norwich, England. On February 24, 1943 Eliot’s B-24 was shot down during a bombing raid of Berlin. Landing in a field Eliot was quickly captured and was ultimately interred at Stalagluft 1, in Barth, Germany, where he was for the remainder of the war.

Source : Michigan Heroes Museum, Frankenmuth, MI