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Leonard Kyle Carson Sr


Leonard Carson joined the 357th Fighter Group in April 1943 and shortly after became an Ace. He won most of his victories in his last few months with the 357th, claiming 5 aircraft on one mission on 27 November 1944, becoming their top scoring ACE pilot with 18.5 claims to his name. Following the war he remained with the US Air Force, retiring as Colonel in 1968 to work in the aerospace industry.

Top scoring ace of the the 357th FG. His plane name was 'Nooky Booky IV' He flew 2 combat tours




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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Born Falls City, NE 68355, USA 12 March 1923
Lived in Ayrshire, IA 50515, USA 1941
Enlisted Nebraska, USA 7 April 1942
Based Leiston April 1943 – November 1945

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 17 June 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 15 September 1944

Promoted to Major.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK November 1945

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Buried 1400 CA-36, Chester, CA 96020, USA March 1994

Chester Cemetery
Plumas County
California, USA

Died Westwood, CA 96137, USA 8 March 1994


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03 November 2017 16:20:56 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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03 November 2017 16:02:42 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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26 October 2017 18:44:45 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Key Image ID.

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27 September 2016 20:50:04 lklaasen Changes to events

Find-A-Grave memorial in Chester Cemetery, Chester, California

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18 February 2015 15:10:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and biography

Merged information from duplicate record to include data from :
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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03 October 2014 15:03:53 Emily Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, p. 277

Hess, America's Top Eighth Air Force Aces in Their Own Words. pp. 46-47.

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27 September 2014 18:18:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force