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Leo A LaCasse


Leo LaCasse served as a pilot with the 385th Bomb Group.

His friend Charlie Penick remembers:
'Now retired, Gen Leo Lacasse tells about his days at the Manor house [probably Elveden Hall]. The Lady in charge loved to be driven around my Leo to see her gardens and flowers. He can't remember the name of town it was close to but I believe this is it.'

'He was with Gen LeMay and drove back and forth from his Air Field. But even though all info talks about Gen LeMay being there they have no pictures of him in the house or any of the other Airmen. Leo helped take an older lady on flower tours several times. Her name was the same as the House. But he has no photos of him and her. I saw two of the movies made in the house. The place is very impressive.'

'He rose in ranks from a enlistment at age 16 to fly 35 Missions, shot down 3 times and awarded recently the highest French Medal and retired a General. A Special Person.'

DSM/ SS/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 7 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH


Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30250 'Yank'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Peterson 18/6/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-F] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; with Bob Smith force landed RAF Docking 30/10/43; with Lt Lacasse hit truck at...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Elveden Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Elveden Hall, Brandon, Suffolk was used during the Second World War as a headquarters for the USAAF Third Air Division. Some evidence to suggest that the staff quarters were struck and destroyed by a bomb. ...


Event Location Date
Born Manchester, New Hampshire 4 July 1920
Lives in Roanoke, VA, USA September 2016


Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 10:59:22 Helen Changes to biography

385th BG newsletter August 1979

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 10:57:49 Helen Changes to biography

385th BG newsletter August 1979

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2016 17:32:10 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Correspondence with Leo LaCasse's friend, Charlie Penick.

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:26 AAM AAM ingest

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