William Leslie II


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


Date27 Sep 2014 18:28:14

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

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