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Lee Roy Billings

Military

Assigned to 783BS, 465BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from raid on Oil refinery in Blechhammer, Germany. When B-24 42-28853 lost a wing over the target he was blown out of the aircraft, fortunately with his chute attached, he survived to be captured. 20-Nov-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9889.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean war and rising to Master Sergeant.

Service

People

  • Clarence Lokker

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander - Command Pilot | 465th Bomb Group
    Clarence Jack Lokker has answered that last call, and now stands on the “Plains of Valhalla” with others of that “long gray line” who await us all. ...

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 465th Bomb Group

    465th Bomb Group

    Group
    It was constituted as the 465th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943 ...

  • 783rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Gonzales County, TX, USA 16 February 1920

Son of Edgar and Oda E [Hand] Billings. Husband of Patty (Lauchner). Brother of Cecil Billings. Father of Robert Lee Billings and Michael Billings, Grandfather of 7, Sarah, Rachel, Melissa, Josh, David P. Billings USAF Ret., Robert Matthew Billings, Ruthanne Rhoades. GreatGrandfather of 6 (so far) Evelyn Yvonne Billings, Alexander Clark Billings, Gabriel Lee Billings, Sarah Billings, Kaylee Rhoades, Carter Rhoades

Lived in Smiley, TX, USA 1941
Based Pantanella 1943 – 20 November 1944

Assigned to 783BS, 465BG, 15AF USAAF.

Shot down / baled out Blechhammer, 92439 Bodenwöhr, Germany 20 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from raid on Oil refinery in Blechhammer, Germany. When B-24 42-28853 lost a wing over the target he was blown out of the aircraft, fortunately with his chute attached, he survived to be captured. 20-Nov-44. POW. MACR 9889.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 20 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Buried Riverside, CA, USA December 2002

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA

Lived in Riverside County, CA, USA 5 December 2002

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2019 08:30:55 Mattuse Changes to nickname and events
Sources

I’m Robert Matthew Billings. Lee Roy was my grandfather. He told me all about his experiences in the plane that was shot down plus many other stories. I recorded it all on 8mm Sony digital tape, but it’s been lost since made in 1994. He held my daughter Evelyn who was born in 2002. The date of his death is inaccurate. My father knows exactly when. I’m not sure if he was buried in California or Arizona, but my father would know. My father was named after him, and my youngest son Gabriel holds this hero and patriots name also.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2016 13:55:30 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28853&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/139183222
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=72614085

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