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Leo Joseph Picard


Flight Engineer on B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515BS, 376BG, 9AF, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron



  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Born Wilbraham, MA 17 November 1923

Son of Wilfred Picard.

Enlisted Springfield, MA 23 May 1942

Springfield, Massachusetts

Based 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 508BS, 351BG, 9AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 4 October 1945

Honourable discharge

Died 14 August 1999
Buried Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery Bondsville, Hampden County, MA 17 August 1999

Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
Bondsville, Hampden County, Massachusetts


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11 July 2021 18:51:50 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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23 April 2020 19:06:47 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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USAAF Photo.

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