Jessie H Lehr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 41696 - The first crew of the 401st Bomb Group to return to the home base in England after a raid on Berlin, Germany, pose beside their plane - the Boeing...

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. After landing from a local test flight on 28-Jan-44, a fire broke out in the bomb bay in B-17 42-37772. A/C was abandoned and was destroyed in fire. RTD.

B-17 42-97578 stalled after take off for a flight to Deenethorpe and crashed into a barracks on 24-Mar-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: PH.

Forename misspelt on Remembrance Plaque in St Mary's Church, Yelden

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 422nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18103277 / O-666363
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Heaven Can Wait, Boche Buster
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Fools Luck III
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Flyin Jenny
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Red's Rogues
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron 614th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

Killed in Action (KIA)

Great Yeldham, UK 1944-03-24 His A/C B-17 42-97578 stalled after take off for a flight to Deenethorpe and crashed into a barracks 24-Mar-44. Died Non Battle (DNB)

Born

Sunflower County, MS 1922-02-25 Son of John C and Mary Lehr

Enlisted

Camp Shelby, MS 1942-10-19 Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Based

Deenethorpe 1944-03-24 Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date13 Mar 2021 20:44:26
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Removed an association to William Sellers of the 401st BG.

Date13 Mar 2021 20:30:34
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a location to the KIA event per info in the "Summary biography".
Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:15:13
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=400

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