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Leland Stanford Simpson Sr

Military

Original 445th BG Group Bombardier; served with actor Jimmy Stewart; flew 35 missions most with lead crews

DFC, 2nd Award; Air Medal, 4th Award; WW2 Victory Medal' Amer Defense w/star; Good Conduct; EAME with 4 stars; Amer Camp, Pacific War Zone Victory Medal; French Croix de Guerre w/Palm

Service

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. ...

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron
  • 702nd Bomb Squadron
  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Herkimer, NY, USA 13 April 1918

Parents were Leland S and Clara Zearing. Adopted by Carl D. Simpson.

Died Odessa, TX, USA 15 January 1967
Buried Odessa, TX, USA 18 January 1967

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2016 00:52:04 B24Mike Changes to awards
Sources

Awards listing of ribbon set of dress blouse. Provided by Michael S. Simpson, son of Leland S. Simpson Sr.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2015 06:59:28 usafdo Changes to unit associations
Sources

A. L. DESTRO II

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2015 06:54:16 usafdo Changes to media associations
Sources

A. L. DESTRO

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2015 06:52:57 usafdo Changes to media associations
Sources

A. L. DESTRO II

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2015 23:52:16 B24Mike Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Information provided by Michael S. Simpson, son of Leland Simpson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic, 31 July 1944 Roster AAF #124 /son / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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