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Leon W Blythe

Military

Went down while flying as observer and escaped with the help of evaders. Was with the 94th BG when shot down.

Pres. Unit Citation and Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • Headquarters (303rd Bomb Group)
  • Headquarters (94th Bomb Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-31234 The Barber Shop, Johnnie Walker III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 245/10/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Rougham 27/10/43 THE BARBER SHOP; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Joe Barber, Navigator: John McGrath, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1 February 1912
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 7 January 1944
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 14:01:15 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

AccidentReports.com / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 1894 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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