Leo Lanier

Military

Object Number - UPL 31536 - Captain Shulstad and lead crew on bombing mission to Brunswick, Germany, pose in front of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress". 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd...

Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 26 mission tour, volunteered for 2nd tour, shot down on 7th mission of his 2nd tour. 15-Oct-43 A/C accident on return from mission in B-17 42-5393 'Thumper Again' RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Brandenburg in B-17 43-37820; shot down 10-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13910

Awards: DFC, AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A diagrammatic layout of AAF Station 174 - the USAAF codename for Sudbury airfield - while the 486th Bomb Group were stationed at the airbase as of the 22 June 1944.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 358th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron 368th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-442237
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Squadron Adjutant; Pilot; Group Operations Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 832nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-025823
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Ground personnel of the 303rd Bomb Group prepare to load bombs and ammunition into a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Satan's Workshop". Passed as censored, then marked as 'Confidential' 27 Aug 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '303BG.' On reverse: 'Confidential Until Re-Classified By Censor' and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Satan's Workshop
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Just For Laughs, Little Woman, Thumper Again
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot 100th Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 832nd Bomb Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Sudbury airfield looking south west, the bomb dump is to the upper right of the airfield, 29 February 1944. Photograph taken by 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, sortie number US/7PH/GP/LOC188. English Heritage (USAAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Acton

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Chattooga County, Georgia 1923-01-14 Son of Leo Lanier Sr.

Enlisted

Camp Forrest, TN 1942-11-24 Camp Forrest, Tennessee

Based

Sudbury 1945-04-10 Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Baled out POW

Brandenburg, Germany 1945-04-10 Failed to Return (FTR) Brandenburg in B-17 43-37820; shot down 10-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13910

Other

POW

Luckenwalde, Germany 1945-04-10 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag IIIA.

Revisions

Date9 Jun 2020 04:23:22
Contributorjmoore43
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "volunteered" was misspelled.

Date22 May 2020 03:47:32
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C model number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date27 Jan 2018 14:29:03
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Key Image ID.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:28
ContributorAAM
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