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Leonard D Reed

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Leonard D. Reed was born on the family farm in Summit Township, Sully County, South Dakota near the town of Onida. After high school, he moved to Antioch, California in 1941 and joined the police department. He entered the army in March 1944 and was assigned as an Air Cadet, 837th Navigator Training School, Class 44-5-1, at Hondo, Texas. Upon graduation, he shipped out to England assigned to the 8th Air Force, VII Bomber Command, 41st Bombardment Wing, 379th Bombardment Group, 526th Bombardment Squadron, as a navigator. After the war, Leonard returned to the police department and remained in the USAF Reserves during which time he was recalled to active duty to serve in Korea and Vietnam. He retired from both the Antioch Police Department and the USAF Reserves at the rank of Major after 35 years credited service.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 41st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102689 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 7/5/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 10/5/44;

  • 42-29905

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Metropolitan 15/4/43; New Castle 21/4/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-K/Z] Kimbolton 21/5/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA Rome 29/8/44; Hobbs 11/9/43; Kirtland 7/1/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 42-38058 The Wish Bone

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Albuquerque 3/12/43; Wendover 3/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 18/3/44. ...

  • 42-39800 Patches, Just So

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 4/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 23/10/43; re-ass 547BS/384BG [SO- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-T] Kimbolton 7/11/43; crashed RAF Wilton, UK 2/12/44; sal 2 SAD...

  • 42-97933 Gilded Orion

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 3/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-X] Kimbolton 6/6/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 19/9/44 with ?; flak, crashed Saargemund, Ger. GILDED ORION.

  • 42-98034

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/5/44; Dorval 6/6/44; Assigned RAF [HB804], but transferred USAAF, Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-Y] Kimbolton 4/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Romulus Fd, Mi 29/6/45; with Bill Pike force landed base 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit,...

  • 43-37743

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 2/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5...

  • 43-37777 'Four of a Kind'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; 527BS; hit when parked at RAF Colerne by 42-97528 (351BG) 19/12/44; twice force landed on continent 3/45 but repaired and back onto operations;...

  • 43-37905

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 27/6/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-B] Kimbolton 8/7/44; transferred May 1945, 729BS/452BG Deopham Green; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/7/45; Reconstruction...

  • 44-8110

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 17/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-F] Kimbolton 26/8/44; Returned to the USA Morrison 22/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/10/45.

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Missions

  • 542

    11 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 576

    26 August 1944

  • 583

    27 August 1944

  • 595

    1 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 652

    28 September 1944

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Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born January 1926

Onida, South Dakota

Died July 2012

Bethel Island, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 19:23:53 Tom in Kansas Changes to mission associations
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LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 18:26:23 Tom in Kansas Changes to mission associations
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 18:16:44 Tom in Kansas Changes to unit associations
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LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 18:07:22 Tom in Kansas Changes to highest rank
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LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 18:05:52 Tom in Kansas Changes to awards
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LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 18:04:12 Tom in Kansas Changes to events
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 17:58:46 Tom in Kansas Changes to events
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 18:35:00 Tom in Kansas Changes to biography
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 18:21:54 Tom in Kansas Changes to events
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 18:17:50 Tom in Kansas Changes to events
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 18:10:56 Tom in Kansas Changes to media associations
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 18:05:57 Tom in Kansas Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 17:58:17 Tom in Kansas Changes to place associations
Sources

LTC, USA (Ret.) Tom Williams - nephew.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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