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Leo Dale Rush Jr

Military

Dale Rush served with the 456th BS as a bombardier. He was killed on May 20, 1944 on a mission to Dieppe when "Ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033, flying in the Box II, Flight 3 lead position, took a direct hit of heavy flak that shattered the Plexiglas nose of the aircraft (where he was situated as bombardier). The aircraft, piloted by Capt. Paul Ward with Lt. Briggs navigating made it back to base for an emergency landing.

Mission Reports indicate that the flak barrage only lasted 45 seconds. In that span, the 323rd met with disaster. The Tail Gunner on another 456th Bomb Squadron Marauder was seriously injured and died shortly after the crew made an emergency landing at Earls Colne. Two 323rd Marauder aircraft were shot down over the target at Dieppe, with numerous combat crew members listed as Missing in Action.

Dale has been described by his fellow officers as a fine individual of great character who served as a role model for his friends and colleagues. His death came as a blow to his friends and colleagues. Dale was survived by his wife and infant son.

Dale was laid to rest in Plot F-3-127 at Cambridge Cemetery according to Return of the Marauder Men by the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.

Service

People

  • Robert Barker

    Military | Colonel | Pilot - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Born on October 9, 1919 in London, Ohio, Lt. Col. Barker was graduated from Ohio State University ("OSU"). He earned his "wings" at "The West Point of the Air" at Randolph Field, Texas. He was part of the original Myrtle Beach, SC group that comprised...

  • Frank Burgmeier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Burgmeier grew up in Upstate New York. He married his wife, Tedi, in July 1943, just days before he left for his tour of duty as a navigator for the 323rd Bombardment Group. He kept a diary, which has been invaluable to historians studying the...

  • Walter Foster

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...

  • John Guldemond

    Military | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Thomas Lemmon

    Military | First Lieutenant | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Raymond Lishka

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Charles Stirneman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier - Navigator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Stirneman appears to have shared a Nissan hut with Lts. Leo Dale Rush, Walter E. Foster, John Guldemond, Lemmon, and Pfc. "Burma" in Quarters Area 13 at Earls Colne Airfield, England. Lt. Stirneman was born on 15 May 1921 and was killed in action...

  • Stanley Sussman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group

  • Paul Warf

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Capt. Paul E. Warf was leading a flight of six Marauders on the afternoon of 20 May 1944 to the port area of Dieppe when a shell from a heavy (88mm) flak (anti-aircraft) gun exploded in front of the bombardier's compartment of WT-A Ole 33 Gal killing...

  • Theodore Witt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 456th Bomb Squadron

    456th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Selected Bibliography of Publications: ...

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

Events

Event Location Date
Entered service from New Mexico, USA 1942

Exact date not yet known

Killed in Action (KIA) 20 May 1944
Buried

Plot F Row 3 Grave 127

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 19:06:36 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added a cemetery to the Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 56293974.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 19:01:17 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "Cemetery" was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 20:05:32 JMF Changes to person associations
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JMF

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18 September 2017 20:03:26 JMF Changes to person associations
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JMF

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16 September 2017 19:28:12 JMF Changes to awards
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Larry D. Rush/JMF

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14 September 2017 22:53:56 JMF Changes to awards
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JMF - see photograph of Air Medal

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18 July 2017 07:07:10 JMF Changes to biography
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JMF - National Archives College Park

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2017 09:56:07 Lucy May Changes to awards, events and unit associations
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https://abmc.gov/node/542602#.WSf7XU2GOM8

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2016 21:57:13 JMF Changes to biography
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Retrun of the Marauder Men
Mission Records of the 323rd Bomb Group, National Archives, College Park, Maryland
JMF

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2016 05:29:43 JMF Changes to person associations
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JMF

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2016 05:27:25 JMF Changes to biography
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JMF

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19 April 2016 05:19:47 JMF Changes to biography and events
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JMF

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26 March 2016 02:33:13 JMF Changes to place associations
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IMF

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2016 02:29:05 JMF Changes to biography and events
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JMF

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2016 02:20:54 JMF Changes to middlename, nickname and role
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Dale Rush was killed in action on May 19, 1944 when "ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033 took a direct hit from a heavy flak burst over Dieppe., shattering the bombardier's compartment in which he was situated. (The tail gunner also was seriously injured and died after returning to base.) Dale has been described by other 456th officers as a fine individual of outstanding character. Dale was married and survived by his wife an infant son.

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

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / B-26 memorials guide

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