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  • Leslie Lennox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102455 'Lucky Lady' 'Screaming Eagle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gt Falls 6/3/44; Cheyenne 4/4/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 8/5/44 LUCKY LADY; with H.E. Hansen force landed B-58 Melsbroek, Bel 6/2/45; with G.T. Purdy force landed A-96 Toul-Ochey,...

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31887 'Big Casino'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/12/43; Kearney 15/1/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-K] Horham 15/2/44; 336BS [ET-K], transferred 335BS [OE-F] 21/10/44; 103m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 17/2/45 with Carlyle Schaad, Co-pilot: Theo Flora, Navigator: John Keeney,...

  • 42-97334

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/44; Gr Island 4/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-S] Horham 4/4/44; on 24/5/44 with Frank Cobb, Co-pilot: John Waddell, Navigator: Lloyd Krueger, Bombardier: Walt Weakland, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim...

  • 42-97393

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Billings 2/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 30/4/44; no ops, transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 3/5/44; on non op cross country flight 28/7/44 with Merle Ehorn, Co-pilot: Paul Mitchell, Navigator:...

  • 43-38317 'Flak Evader'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/7/44; Hunter 2/8/44; Kearney 20/9/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Horham 12/8/44; with J.H. Corbin force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; 89m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Ypsilanti 23/6/45; 4168 Base Unit,...

  • 44-6583 Cadet Nurse

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Dow Fd 2/10/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Y] Horham 13/10/44; battle damaged Nurnberg 20/2/45 with R. Lee Young, #2 feathered, crash landed near A-78 AF Florennes, Bel; 9RTD; 39m, sal 28/2/45. CADET NURSE.

Missions

  • 511

    2 August 1944

  • 513

    3 August 1944

  • 514

    4 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 529

    7 August 1944

  • 531

    8 August 1944

  • 545

    12 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 575

    26 August 1944

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Davenport, IA 16 October 1920
Lived in Chicago, IL February 1942

2504 W. Van Buren Street

95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 2 August 1944 – 6 January 1945
Died Springfield, IL 20 April 1990
Buried Lincoln, IL 23 April 1990

Zion Cemetery
Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2020 01:24:39 decwriter Changes to service number and awards
Sources

NARA file verified AM with 6 oak leaf clusters. He would have at least one bronze star on the EAME Campaign Medal and more than likely a GCM. Personnel records could verify.

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2020 00:53:13 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44008_06_00...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67210018/dale-m-avers

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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