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Leon William Johnson

Military

Superior leadership during the Ploesti raid 1 August 1943 in B-24 #41-23817 'Suzy Q. '
Commanding Officer at Colonel of 44th Bomb Group from 4-Jan-43 until 2-Sep-43 and went TDY with the unit to serve with 9th Air Force at Benina Main, Libya.

Johnson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his leadership of the 44th Bomb Group on Operation TIDAL WAVE, the mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Citation at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/2806/johnson-leon-w.php

Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Legion Of Merit, DFC 1Oak Leaf Cluster, AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster, French Legion Of Honor, French Croix De Guerre, Belgian Croix De Guerre, British DFC

Service

People

  • Arthur Agan

    Military | Lieutenant General
    Chief, Tactical Operations, 8th Air Force, February 1942 to January 1944.

  • Keith Compton

    Military | General | B-24 Command Pilot - Squadron Commander - Commanding Officer | 376th Bomb Group
    Keith Karl Compton (December 9, 1915 – June 15, 2004) was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command. He flew as Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent on Operation Tidal Wave over the Ploesti oil...

  • Edward Feldman

    Military | Sergeant
    Served in the staff of the Office of the Assistant G-3, 8th Air Force Headquarters.

  • Woodrow Green

    Military | Sergeant
    Served in the staff of the Office of the Assistant G-3, 8th Air Force Headquarters.

  • Douglas McCoy

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    Served in the staff of the Office of the Assistant G-3, 8th Air Force Headquarters.

  • Thomas Murphy

    Military | Sergeant
    Served in the staff of the Office of the Assistant G-3, 8th Air Force Headquarters.

  • Eugene Snavely

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    8th Air Force, G-3 Staff, September 1942 ...

  • Frederick Sutterlin

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Group Commander | 100th Bomb Group
    Was sent to the 100th BG in Feb. 1945 to replace the Group Cmdr, served until end of war.

  • John Young

    Military | Major | B-24 Bomber Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Lieutenant John S. Young from Dallas Texas was a WWII B-24D Liberator bomber pilot with the 9th Air Force, the "Force For Freedom", the 98th Bomb Group the, "Pyramiders", and the 344th Bombing Squadron, based at Cairo, Egypt, Tobruk, and Benghazi,...

  • Benjamin Zesdorn

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Engineer Gunner / Lead Crew Member | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 41-23817 'Suzy Q'

    B-24 Liberator
    SUZY-Q, the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron had led the Group on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The plane was lost on 16 Aug 1943 on a mission to the north airfield at Foggia, Italy. The plane intercepted by Me 109 fighters and was last seen...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Moline, KS 67353, USA
Died 10 November 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 17:54:54 Lucy May Changes to biography, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Combined with another duplicate record. Sources:
Lee Cunningham 10-Nov-2014. Description based on http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/44bg.HTM and http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg/history.htm

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 17:48:56 Lucy May Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

Added information from a duplicate record. Sources used in that duplicate record were:
14th Combat Bombardment Wing (H) by William B. Taylor; Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45 / 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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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