Leo Dale Rush

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 34935 - 1st Lt. Leo Dale Rush, Jr. taken between December 1943 and May 20, 1944 in Quarters Area No. 13, Earls Colne Airfield

Dale Rush served with the 456th BS as a bombardier. He was killed on May 20, 1944 on a mission to Dieppe when "Ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033, flying in the Box II, Flight 3 lead position, took a direct hit of heavy flak that shattered the Plexiglas nose of the aircraft (where he was situated as bombardier). The aircraft, piloted by Capt. Paul Ward with Lt. Briggs navigating made it back to base for an emergency landing.

Mission Reports indicate that the flak barrage only lasted 45 seconds. In that span, the 323rd met with disaster. The Tail Gunner on another 456th Bomb Squadron Marauder was seriously injured and died shortly after the crew made an emergency landing at Earls Colne. Two 323rd Marauder aircraft were shot down over the target at Dieppe, with numerous combat crew members listed as Missing in Action.

Dale has been described by his fellow officers as a fine individual of great character who served as a role model for his friends and colleagues. His death came as a blow to his friends and colleagues. Dale was survived by his wife and infant son.

Dale was laid to rest in Plot F-3-127 at Cambridge Cemetery according to Return of the Marauder Men by the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot - B-26 Marauder
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator - B-26 Marauder
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Ole 33 Gal
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 456th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

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Killed in Action (KIA)

1944-05-20

Other

Entered service from

New Mexico, USA Exact date not yet known

Buried

Plot F Row 3 Grave 127

Revisions

Date29 Mar 2020 19:06:36
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Added a cemetery to the Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 56293974.

Date29 Mar 2020 19:01:17
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "Cemetery" was misspelled.

Date18 Sep 2017 20:05:32
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Date18 Sep 2017 20:03:26
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Date16 Sep 2017 19:28:12
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Larry D. Rush/JMF

Date14 Sep 2017 22:53:56
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JMF - see photograph of Air Medal

Date18 Jul 2017 07:07:10
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JMF - National Archives College Park

Date26 May 2017 09:56:07
ContributorLucy May
Date25 Aug 2016 21:57:13
ContributorJMF
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Retrun of the Marauder Men
Mission Records of the 323rd Bomb Group, National Archives, College Park, Maryland
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Date19 Apr 2016 05:29:43
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Date19 Apr 2016 05:27:25
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Date19 Apr 2016 05:19:47
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Date26 Mar 2016 02:20:54
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Dale Rush was killed in action on May 19, 1944 when "ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033 took a direct hit from a heavy flak burst over Dieppe., shattering the bombardier's compartment in which he was situated. (The tail gunner also was seriously injured and died after returning to base.) Dale has been described by other 456th officers as a fine individual of outstanding character. Dale was married and survived by his wife an infant son.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:27
ContributorAAM
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9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / B-26 memorials guide

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