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Leo Frank Teetman Jr

Military

Leo Teetman was born in Brooklyn to parents of Polish descent, and lived most of his life on the East Coast. He joined up in 1942 and was assigned as a gunner to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron, based at Grafton Underwood in Northamptonshire.

Leo completed 25 credited missions in the early stage of the bombing campaign, when the USAAF’s focus was on Occupied Europe.

Leo settled in Connecticut, where he worked for a company making optical instruments. He married and had three children.

Service

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24578

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 3675BS/305BG [XK-R/F] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-U] Grafton Underwood 7/10/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Amarillo 21/5/44 (?10/4/44?); Written off 28/11/44. Ref:...

  • 42-102402

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 11/3/44; Bangor 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 4/4/44; Missing in Action Kiel 22/5/44 with Milton Castleman, Co-pilot: Jack Hickey, Navigator: Gene Hepp, Bombardier: Ron Merkley, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-29688 Kayo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/2/43; Salina 10/2/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-X] Chelveston 17/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-X] Grafton Underwood 26/8/43; then 547BS [SO-S]; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Brookley 11/8/44; Homestead...

  • 42-3087 Clean Cut

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Denver 14/1/43; Assigned to the 95BG Alconbury in Marrakesh, Morocco 20/3/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-W] Thurleigh 11/4/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG Bovingdon; with Bill Bisson, gear collapsed on landing 31/7/43; 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton...

  • 42-31045

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/9/43; Gd Island 1/11/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 11/11/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 29/11/43; on ferry trip to Lt Staught for installation of GEE equipment 8/2/44 with Henry Markow, Co-pilot: Ed Lundgren,...

  • 42-37758 KENTUCKY KERNEL

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/8/43; Gr Island 18/8/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-W] Grafton Underwood 3/10/43; sal 10/12/44; retUS 1377 BU Grenier 12/1/45; 4124 BU Altus 16/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45....

  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-37801

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 25/11/43; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 16/3/44 with Edwin Ledbetter, Co-pilot: Tom Miles, Navigator: Elvin Noxon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97150 'SILVER QUEEN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 26/2/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 544BS [SU-F]; force landed continent 10/1/45; Salvaged. SILVER QUEEN.

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Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, NY, USA 29 July 1923
Lived in Ross St, Brooklyn, NY, USA 1930

1930 Census records him as living at 90 Ross Street, as does the 'Brooklyn Eagle', in a notice published Wed March 8, 1944

Died Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple St, Norwalk, CT 06850, USA 7 May 2000

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2015 17:38:16 Jenny Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards and events
Sources

Parents - 1930 Census
Address - Brooklyn Eagle newspaper
Missions - http://384thbombgroup.com
Obituary - http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ct/county/fairfield/veteransobits.html

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 14:10:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate record to include deatils drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=t...

Added associations from http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonalWarRecord.php?xID7...

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

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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