Lester W Saunders

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 55412 - Crew of Just A Snappin on the Bremen Mission. Standing from left : William McClelland, Harry H. Crosby, Charles A. Via, Jr., Everett E. Blakely,...

Lester Saunders died of wounds on 15 October 1943 after being injured on a mission to Bremen on 8 October 1943.

His aircraft B-17F (serial number 42-3393' nicknamed 'Just-A-Snappin' was severely damaged by flak and enemy fighters, but managed to returned to base and crashed near Ludham. Saunders was posthumously awarded this Distinguished Service Cross for the courage and devotion to duty he displayed on the mission to Bremen.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 418th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Did you say ten cents?, blakely’s provisional group, just-a-snappin
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 418th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

Illinois

Buried

Died

1943-10-15

Other

Wounded in Action

1943-10-08

Revisions

Date31 Mar 2020 16:23:44
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a connection to the 100th BG - see pg. 191 in the book"Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski.

Date13 Sep 2018 09:19:56
ContributorEmily
Sources

Information provided by Mark Lusby, IWM volunteer

ABMC

100th Bomb Goup

Added to AAM Roll of Honour

Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:50
ContributorAAM
Sources

Combat Chronology, Unit History, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p. 314 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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