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Lester L Wagner

Military

Entered service at New Cumberland, PA September 1942. Joined 392nd October 1943. Rank at end of WW II was T/Sergeant. Pilot-Colby Waugh. Discharged June 1951. hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured.

Service

Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation...

  • 578th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7485 Alfred

    B-24 Liberator
    “Was named by the Layton crew after the cartoons in Collier’s magazine depicting a none too smart swabbie named “Alfred”. T/Sgt Marion H. Derey was the crew chief. “ (b24.net) The aircraft was badly damaged during a combat mission to Kiel. The pilot...

Associated Place

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2015 13:49:05 usxpat Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.usaafdata.com
http://www.b24.net/missions/MM010444.htm
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/UpperSheringham.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / book: Not Forgotten, 8th AF Losses, MACR 16033

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