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Lester Personeus Jr

Military

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions ETO. Ended tour Duty (ETD). Went on to complete 23 x combat missions on B-29's in the pacific.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Byrd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gillespie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Harpool

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hess

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty. Returned to ETO with the 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF until July 1945 [Documents accompany database form] Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME, DUC.

  • George James

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 Battle Star).

  • Euel Jenkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII AM, Victory, EAME.

  • Roger Link

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Reese

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Albert Rolnick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Original member of Lester Personeus crew, assigned to 306BG, ferrying B-17 42-29625 stateside, contracted jaundice before the Personeus crew departed for ETO. Assigned to 813th 482BG, 8AF USAAF. Aboard B-17F 42-5793 which crashed at Brome, Suffolk, en...

  • Norbert Zwicke

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: LOM (OLC), DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII AM, Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29529 NORA 2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG Thurleigh 24/3/43; transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-L] Chelveston 10/43; then to 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 6/11/43; returning from Bremen 13/12/43...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kingston, NY 3 January 1919

Son of the Lester Snr and Hattie [Barringer] Personeus.

Enlisted New York, NY 28 April 1941

New York City New York

Based Chelveston 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Saint Augustine, FL 1 February 2004
Buried Tongore Cemetery, Olivebridge, NY 14 February 2004

Tongore Cemetery
Olivebridge,
Ulster County, NY

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2019 09:39:41 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/7381017-lester-personeus
https://www.fold3.com/image/312803160?rec=306682299
https://www.fold3.com/image/111686954?rec=112464508
https://www.fold3.com/image/161226436?terms=42-29529
https://www.fold3.com/record/83505461-lester-personeus-jr
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/staugustine/obituary.aspx?n=lester-per...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/169646561/lester-personeus

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

305th Bomb Group Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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