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William Gregory LeRoy


Bill remained at Old Buck until 1944, then became an instructor at Scott Field, IL. After he left the service, he married Wanda Bachelier, and lived in Florissant, Missouri, where he worked as a brick mason. He had two children, Bill Jr and Christine.



  • Robert Catlin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group

  • John Nortridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." And he did.

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52234 Corky Burgundy Bombers

    B-24 Liberator
    Manufactured at Ford's Willow Run plant. It carried a Sperry bombsight, rather than the Norden. It was delivered to the USAAF on 29 October 1943, then taken to the Birmingham, Alabama, Modification Center. It arrived at Hamilton Field, San Francisco,...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Born St. Louis, MO, USA 14 December 1922
Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, Lemay Township, MO USA 13 January 1943
Died 11 May 2007
Buried Lemay, MO USA

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 15:34:38 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography and person associations

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28 April 2016 21:02:33 usxpat Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, events and place associations

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Liberator Men of Old Buc