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George Albert Lesikar


George was a graduate of Southwest Texas State Teacher's College and taught school prior to enlisting in the Army Air Corps in June 1941. While enroute to England the plane he was riding in crashed into a mountain in Wales called Moel y Gaer. George was the only one to survive the night. After one and half year in various hospitals he chose to remain in the Army until the end of the war. He felt that every day after the accident was a treasure. George died at the ripe old age of 92.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



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Event Location Date
Born Caldwell, TX 77836, USA 12 December 1913

Son of Miloslav Joseph and Frantiska Anna [Hejtmancik] Lesikar.

Enlisted San Antonio, TX 78234, USA 2 June 1941

Fort Sam Houston

Crashed Coed Moel-Y-Gaer, Denbigh LL16, UK 23 August 1942

Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803, crashed on Moel y Gaer. Sole survivor.

Evacuated to Hospital Wrexham, UK 23 August 1942 – 6 September 1942

Burned, wounded in right hand. Stabilised in Wrexham hospital.

Moved to USAAF Hospital Mansfield, UK 6 September 1942 – 21 December 1942

Moved to 30th Field Hospital near Mansfield.

Evacuated ZI 34 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AA, UK 21 December 1942 – January 1943

Boarded 'Queen Elizabeth'. Evacuated to ZI.

US Hospital United States January 1943 – April 1943

US Hospital. Discharged Apr-43.

Depot maintenance inspector Santa Maria, CA, USA April 1943 – 3 November 1945

Offered disability discharge, instead elected to take the roll of depot maintenance inspector till wars end.

Discharged USAAF United States 3 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Homeland, CA, USA 8 March 2006
Buried 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518, USA April 2006

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County, CA


Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 20:09:00 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Fallen Eagles - A guide to aircraft crashes in NE and Mid Wales by Edward Doylerush

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 02:02:28 Proud American Changes to events

Written by George's daughter.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 01:57:40 Proud American Changes to role, biography and events

Written by his daughter, K.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 27