I realize your post is a few years old but in case you haven't found any info. My dad is from Elma and was given a pilot's cap as a boy. I was told it was from a Laddy Pardee who was a pilot killed in action in WW II. On doing some research found this: Assigned to Pardee Crew, B26B-2, 41-17911, Barksdale Field, LA.
Flew southern route, Operations Order No. 35, HQ 15th Ferrying Group, Caribbean Wing ATC, Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, FL., to Telergma , Algeria, North Africa.
On a mission flown on 15 February 1942 they were hit in the bomb bay by flak and bellied landed 41-17911 at Telergma.
Precautionary crew bail out after mission on 20 February 1943, a/c landed safely by pilots. They were shot at by Allied soldiers while in their parachutes. None of the four men were hit before shooting stopped.
12 March 1943 entire Pardee crew KIA in a/c 41-17840. Shot up by Me109 enroute to bomb railroad bridges east of Enfidaville, Tunisia, they turned back towards base but crashed near Le Sers, Tunisia.
Crew list: P: 1LT Harry F. Pardee, 0-727255, IA, KIA CP: 2LTJames F. Sugrue, 0-791253, MA, KIA N/ B: S/S Harold W. Whiteis, 16046585, WI, KIA RO/GNR: S/S Robert A. Young, 33069209, IN, KIA TTE: S/SJames B. Polley, 15068228, KY, KIA TG: Sgt. Gerritt Pruim, 16002620, IL, KIA