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Leon B Slobodzian


Leon B Slobodzian was a bombardier with the lead crew of the 730th Bomb Squadron, 452nd Bomb Group. He flew 29 missions over 8 months in Europe and earned both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 730th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Collingswood, NJ, USA 20 September 1916
Died Sarasota, FL, USA 10 September 2001
Buried Sarasota, Florida


Date Contributor Update
07 June 2015 13:14:49 katsmith09 Changes to nickname and events

Daily Republican August 5, 1943 Leon B. Slobodzian, son of William Slobodzian, of 201 High Street, received his bombardier wings and Second Lieutenant Commission of flight officer at graduation exercises at San Angelo, Texas. The graduation exercises marked the end of a rigourous 12-week course of training for the men in the operation of the deadliest weapon of World War II, the super accurate U.S. bombsight and a host of allied objects.
Lt. Slobodzian was graduated from Phoenixville High School and was a member of Battery C, 107th Field Artillery, prior to entering Officer Candidate School.

Daily Republican, October 12, 1944 First Lieutenant Leon B. Slobodzian, Kimberton, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters overseas, has arrived in the States. He is the son of William Slobodzian. As a B-17 Fortress lead bombardier, Lt. Slobodzian flew 29 missions during eight months in the European Theater of Operation. Prior to entering the Army in February 1941, he engaged in the hotel business in Phoenixville. He is a graduate of the Phoenixville High School, class of 1934. Lt. Slobodzian arrived recently at Army Air Forces Redistribution Station No. 2 in Miami Beach for reassignment processing after completing his tour of duty outside the Continental United States.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2015 11:04:34 rossingtonj Changes to biography, awards and place associations

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection, Caption of FRE1808.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:30 AAM AAM ingest

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