Leroy Lewis Weese

Military

Object Number - UPL 40610 - Leroy Weese's crew of the Lady Luck 41-29128,

Leroy Weese was Right Waist Gunner on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint-Trond Belgium airfield. Like 5 other crew members, he survived the crash. Pilot Rowe and 2 other men were killed. According to a 9 November 1944 article in the Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio), he had been seriously wounded in the crash.

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Units served with

A flight of B-24 Liberators of the 446th Bomb Group fly in formation above the clouds.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17063452 / O-769070
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 38387966
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36597649
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19100929 / O-699774
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Lady Luck
  • Unit: 446th Bomb Group 704th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 15 October 1944

Places

Aerial photograph of Bungay (Flixton) airfield, looking south, the technical site- with T2 hangar- and control tower are to the right, where the main airfield gate is also situated, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/930. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Flixton

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

1924-05-16 Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, the son of Hoadley Ira and Bessie (Blake) Weese
Chillicothe City, Scioto Township, Ross County, Ohio

Enlisted

1943-03-08 Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence Township, Marion County, Indiana

Other

sent overseas

1944-07-03 assigned to the 704th Squadron ot the 446th Bomb Group, Bungay

Other

survived the crash

1944-10-15 of badly-damaged B-24 #41-29128 at the Saint-Trond airfield, Belgium

Died

2000-12-01 Beavercreek, Greene County, Ohio

Revisions

Date29 Apr 2019 08:57:20
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Chillicothe Gazette, 9 November 1944
SSDI Death Index

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:40
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.446bg.com/

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