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First Name: Elwood

Last Name: Driver

Birthplace: Trenton, NJ, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Thomas

Date of Birth: 20 August 1921

Date of Death: 26 March 1992

Rank: Major

Years Served:
Elwood Thomas Driver

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Elwood Thomas Driver
Major, U.S. Air Force

Elwood Thomas Driver was born on 20 August 1921 in Trenton, NJ.

Driver earned his Bachelor's degree from New Jersey State College in 1942. He later earned a Master's degree in Safety from New York University.

Driver was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in October of 1942 and served as a combat pilot and flight leader with the 99th Fighter Squadron "the Tuskegee Airmen." He was officially credited with 1 combat victory over a German Focke-Wulf 190 aircraft on 5 February 1944. He also had one "probable" victory as well. By the end of the Second World War, Driver had completed 123 combat missions.

Post-Military Life

After retiring from the Air Force following a 20-year career, Driver served for 5 years as the Chief, System Safety Engineering, for North American Aviation.

He was then hired by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He was the NTSB's Associate Administrator for Rule Making from 1967-78. He then accepted a Presidential appointment, serving as the Vice Chairman of the NTSB from 1978-81.

Death and Burial

Elwood Thomas Driver died on 26 March 1992. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. He is buried in a place of honor, in front of General Daniel J. "Chappie" James, Jr.


Honoree ID: 2437   Created by: MHOH




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