William Leslie II

media-18568.png UPL 18568 Crew #637
John S. Archer, Jr. Crew
466th BG - 786th BS

Standing Left to Right: Thomas L. Bell (CP), John S. Archer (P), Doyle E. Stegall (B), Norman Peck (N)

Kneeling Left to Right: William A. Lowen (FE), Donald E. McCarty (R/O), Robert J. Lehman (NTG), Harry A. Clark (WG), John M. Capps (TG), Edward B. Philo (TTG)

This crew was shot down by Me109's over the Netherlands on 15 August 1944. Archer, Bell, Peck, Lehman and Philo were all KIA. McCarty, Lowen and Capps were all captured. Clark successfully evaded capture. Stegall was not aboard when the crew were shot down however the 466th BG Ammunition Officer ,William Leslie was aboard and was also captured.

Object Number - UPL 18568 - Crew #637 John S. Archer, Jr. Crew 466th BG - 786th BS Standing Left to Right: Thomas L. Bell (CP), John S. Archer (P), Doyle E. Stegall (B),...

Leslie appears to have been a non-flying ordnance officer attached to the 1452nd Ordnance Company. As the Archer Crew did not have a bombardier on this mission as he had been transferred to the 784th BS to become a lead bombardier. Leslie was aboard to observe the effectiveness of the day's ordnance.



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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-809346
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: True Love
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron



Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120


Event Location Date Description


Shot Down/Captured

9673 TB Zuiderveen, Netherlands 15 August 1944



20 August 1944
Jamaica, Queens, NY, USA Jamaica Water Works, Jamaica, Long Island, NY



Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8429

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