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Leo Frederik Pesonen



Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 449

    1 July 1944

  • 453

    5 July 1944
    Bombed marshaling yards near Toulon while flying from Italy back to England.

  • 478

    17 July 1944
    Took off at suppertime and missed the target by at least 40 miles. Flak was extremely close. Minor damage.

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI 12 October 1919
Enlisted Detroit, MI 24 September 1941
466th BG Combat Tour RAF Attlebridge 22 March 1944 – 17 March 1944

Completed a 30 combat mission tour

Died Gaylord, MI 18 August 1987


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2020 03:33:16 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom, pages 330 & 332

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE DIARY by Wassom & Brassfield, page 349