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Forrest J Leveille


Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Regular Navigator for John D Crouchley crew, missed their crews fateful last mission on 28-Jun-44. 30 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Crouchley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, held A/C stable to enable his crew to bale out, unable to escape himself. Killed in Action(KIA) MACR...

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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. ...

  • 485th Bomb Group

    485th Bomb Group

    The wing was originally constituted as the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and activated on 20 September 1943.[6] Its original squadrons were the newly activated 828th, 829th, and 830th Bombardment Squadrons, which were joined a few days later by the...

  • 828th Bomb Squadron

    828th Bomb Squadron

    Activated as a B-24 Liberator squadron in late 1943. assigned to II Bomber Command for training in B-24 Liberators. Primarily trained in Nebraska and received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944. ...


  • 42-52701 Miss Yankee Rebel

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania 28-Jun-44; Attacked by E/A, starting fires in the #2 and #3 engines. 2Lt Crouchley then dove the A/C to put out the fires successfully. Crew continued to fight of attacks...

Associated Place

  • Venosa

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Elmhurst, Illinois 27 January 1916
Enlisted Chicago, Illinois 27 June 1941
Based Venosa 10 May 1944 – 28 June 1944

Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 16:57:09 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations

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08 February 2019 22:25:04 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations