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Leonard Vandermast




  • Joseph Almand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions. Flew on b-24 'Slick Chick'

Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-94979 Slick Chick

    B-24 Liberator
    Oldest and longest serving 466th BG B-24 to survive the war ...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Chester, NY 10918, USA 1 September 1924
Enlisted Newark, NJ, USA 5 November 1942
466th BG Combat Mission Attlebridge, Norwich NR9, UK 20 November 1944 – 25 April 1945
Died Cedar Creek, TX 78612, USA 28 July 2006

Leonard Vandermast Jr., 81, of Cedar Creek, Tex., formerly of Austin, Tex., passed away on July 28, 2006, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 1, 1924, in Chester, NY, to Leonard Sr. and Margaret Reid Vandermast. Leonard's talents and passion for life accomplished much while giving tirelessly to family, friends, and country. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corp and was part of a B-24 bomber crew that flew 49 missions over Germany before coming back to the states a decorated veteran. After military service, Leonard worked for Curtis Wright Corp as a machinist on experimental aircraft. Moving his family to Texas in 1955, he worked at the UT Research Center in Austin. Then in 1957, Leonard joined the Austin Police Department serving over 20 years before retiring in 1978 as a Detective Sergeant. Leonard married Lillian Ann Chiko on September 24, 1944, in Passaic, NJ. In their retirement years, they opened Lil-Len Dolls and Crafts where Leonard's passion for woodworking could be seen. He was happiest being creative in his workshop, traveling in his RV, or fishing with his family.

Buried Pflugerville, TX, USA 31 July 2006

Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section O


Date Contributor Update
13 September 2016 23:19:32 466thHistorian Changes to firstname

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2016 23:18:55 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations