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Aurele Veilleux


"Pete" was one of 12 children. The Veilleux family was one of approximately 20 French-speaking families to move from Quebec to Maine in the 1930s. He moved back to Maine after the war and, later in life, owned the Central Welding Company in East Hampden. He and his wife Eleanor were married for 62 years and had 3 children. He was living in a Veteran's home in Bangor, Maine, when he died.



  • John Nortridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." And he did.

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52234 Corky Burgundy Bombers

    B-24 Liberator
    Manufactured at Ford's Willow Run plant. It carried a Sperry bombsight, rather than the Norden. It was delivered to the USAAF on 29 October 1943, then taken to the Birmingham, Alabama, Modification Center. It arrived at Hamilton Field, San Francisco,...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Born Waterville, ME, USA 16 November 1918
Enlisted Portland, ME, USA 19 May 1942
Died Bangor, ME USA 14 December 2006

Locust Grove Cemetery
Penobscot County
Maine, USA


Date Contributor Update
30 April 2016 15:04:39 usxpat Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

An Emotional Gauntlet, Stuart J Wright, Pen & Sword Books, © 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 56534506

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc