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Raymond J LeDoux


Was on the B-17 that had its nose shot off by a German 88 anti-aircraft shell. The togglier, Sgt. George Abbott, was killed but LeDoux was only slightly injured. The nose was rammed up against the windshield . He stood behind the pilot, DeLancey and gave him the co-ordinates, from memory, to bring the plane back to base. He was awarded the DFC for his extraordinary navigation skill.
398th History, Vol II lists Raymond J. Ledoux, 2nd Lieutenant as being in the 601st BS in Sept 1944 being awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster.

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters; DFC

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  • Lawrence DeLancey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Piloted B-17G 43-38172 'Lovely Julie' on 15 Oct 44 which suffered the explosion of a German 88 anti aircraft shell in the nose. With the help of the Navigator 1st Lt Raymond J LeDoux he was able to bring the plane back to base. 'He did a miraculous...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38172 '2 Sad' 'Lovely Julie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-P] Nuthampstead 13/8/44; battle damaged Cologne 15/10/44 with Lawrence DeLancey; the aircraft was hit by flak after bombs away, then a shell exploded in the nose...


  • 678

    15 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Survived direct flak hit Cologne, Germany 15 October 1944

Within feet of bombardier who took direct hit flak shell, knocked unconscious by blast. aided pilots with navigation from memory to return the crippled bomber home to base.

Awarded DFC Nuthampstead, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8, UK 11 December 1944

Awarded the DFC for his extraordinary navigation skill. December 11, 1944.


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 20:55:58 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.
B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the Eighth Air Force by Martin W Bowman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:57 AAM AAM ingest

8th AF News / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia