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Leo O Frazier

Military

Joined squad 3 August 1942. On January 3, 1943 while serving as Navigator on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. 11RTD No MACR issued.

Transferred to 67th BS. Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Navigator. Prisoner of War (POW) as only survivor of a lead plane attacked by multiple German fighters while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France

POW

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 41-23988 Emmy Lou

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-15-CO 41-23998 [NB:E] "Emmy Lou" was assigned to the 44BG/47BS. On 8-Mar-1943 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. ...

  • 41-23808 - Texan

    B-24 Liberator
    ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oakley, Utah
Returned to Duty (RTD) Aberporth, Ceredigion, UK 3 January 1943

On 3-Jan-43 while serving on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' as Navigator the aircraft made a crash-landing in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire when aircraft ran out of fuel on return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. He was uninjured and Returned to Duty (RTD)

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 8 March 1943 – 29 May 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 29-May-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 22:03:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Added Decoration and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2015 20:55:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-Jan-2015. Added decoration per POW record; Added RTD event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connection to Place, 2 Aircraft and 2 Missions within existing website data; edited Biography for chronological order and crew position.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, MACR 4401, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 61-62, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. 41, 50, 58-59 The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams pp.27, 32.

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