Leonard Clay McReynolds

Military

Object Number - UPL 57046 - Lt. Col. Leonard C. McReynolds

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Mac had 7 children and numerous grandchildren. After the war he lived with his wife in southwest Washington. There is a memorial for Mac at the Chehalis Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, WA.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37495234
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35166299
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34605889
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16169353
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18219175
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer

Aircraft

An airman of the 95th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102447) nicknamed "El's Belles". First handwritten caption on reverse: 'F/L on last of 365's bases in Belgium other side "Angels Sister" [name struck-out and annotated 'No'] 365 FG C Johnson/icm/75' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'BG-A 95 BG.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: El's Belles
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Tornado Jr
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Puddles
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird II
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 1 334th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 20 April 1944
  • Date: 22 April 1944

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Seminole, TX 1 September 1918 Son of Leonard D. and Bertha Clay [Latty] McReynolds.

Based

Horham 18 April 1944 - 25 July 1944 Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Chehalis, WA 27 June 2012 Leonard Clay "Mac" McReynolds Mac was born in Seminole, TX on Sept 1, 1918 and passed away at home in Chehalis, WA on June 27, 2012. After spending his early years in West Texas, he enlisted in the Army and served our country as a B-17 pilot during WWII. He flew 35 missions over mainland Europe out of England, during 1944. He then made his home in Olympia and raised his family in the South Bay area. He retired after a career with the State of Washington. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in the USAF reserves. After retirement, he travelled extensively and he became active with the 95th Bomb Group Association. His last years were spent gardening, fishing and spending time with family in Thurston, Pacific, and Lewis counties. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Helen. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Edith, his seven children, five step-children, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends. Services will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, July 7th at the United Methodist Church, 16 South Market Street, Chehalis, Washington.

Buried

Odd Fellows Memorial Park and Mausoleum Tumwater, Thurston County, WA 7 July 2012 Odd Fellows Memorial Park and Mausoleum Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington

Revisions

Date16 May 2022 15:03:41
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Information from the family

Date6 May 2022 06:01:04
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added nickname

Date2 May 2022 00:27:12
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my grandfather was a Lt. Col before he retired.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:36
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