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Leon C Huggard


Leon was working for the Illinois Central Railroad prior to enlisting in January 1943. After training he was crewed up and they flew a B-24 over via South America and North Africa before joining the group at Horsham-St-Faith. He flew on 30 missions (See pilot, Charles S. Evans, for list of missions) some to them to supply gasoline to Patton's 3rd Army. He was later employed as an electronics specialist.

Air Medal 5 clusters.



  • Charles Evans

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    The 50-page description of CPT Evans' military service is found at (as listed in

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • 755th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-40281 A Dog's Life

    B-24 Liberator
    A Dog's Life crashed on 13th February 1945 during a training mission, with the loss of all onboard crew. The crash is one of two recorded on the memorial plaque in Church Street, Old Catton, Norwich.

  • 41-28697 'Spotted Ass Ape'

    B-24 Liberator
    Had a troublesome career of seven missions with the 754th Squadron before being converted for assembly ship duties. Flew from May 44 until 9 Mar 45 when an undercarriage leg collapsed and crashed.

  • 42-110141 Breezy Lady/Superman/Marie

    B-24 Liberator
    It retained the name BREEZY LADY as painted on the pilot's side when transferred to the 458th BG. SUPERMAN was added onto the co-pilot's side. Later the BREEZY LADY side was renamed MARIE.

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Iowa, USA 25 October 1922
Lived in Bremer County, IA, USA 1943
Enlisted Herrold, IA 50109, USA 26 January 1943

Camp Dodge

Died 28 December 2004
Buried Plainfield, IA 50666, USA 31 December 2004

Willow Lawn Cemetery
Bremer County
Iowa, USA


Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 11:04:51 Helen Changes to role and biography

Iowans of the Mighty 8th

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 02:50:28 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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 / Page 302 in the book THE SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition, D790.A2S45