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James Warren O'Leary


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: SS, DFC, BSM (2OLC), AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars), AF Commendation.



  • Harold Carver

    Military | Sergeant | Tail gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Joseph Czerwonka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Frank Decicco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Entered training as pilot/navigator/bombardier at San Antonio TX. 12/4/45. ...

  • Bernard Devaney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Injured by flak on one mission and was sent home, only completed 24 missions. Purple Heart, Air Medal

  • Michael Kacere

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    In July 2017, Michael Kacere took a Wings of Freedom flight in a B-17 with his son Richard. ...

  • Edwin Katz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Mission to Mannheim, hit by flak, his body returned aboard 44-8484. 13-Jan-45, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME, PH.

  • John Kernodle

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Lyda

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Louis Reed

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Air Medal

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102411

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 21/3/44; Grenier 10/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y/P] Molesworth 30/4/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/3/45. MISS LACE.

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Iowa 10 January 1921
Based Molesworth June 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 28 October 2011
Buried Meadowview Cemetery Manhattan, Gallatin County, MT November 2011

Meadowview Cemetery
Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana


Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 13:53:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 16:16:08 Oyiyi Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events

James W. O’Leary

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2017 20:17:35 Al_Skiff Changes to role, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Key Images ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, <>