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Leonard Edmond Wyrwas

Military

Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen in B-24 42-40793 'Blonds Away' 1-Dec-43; damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3983

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Jack Conners

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Target - Solingen, Germany, 1-Dec-43, Manston, England, crash landed at emergency field due to battle damage. KIA MACR 3983.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40793 'Blonds Away'

    B-24 Liberator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Associated Place

  • Manston

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Royal Naval Air Service use in the First World War, it was both an RAF and Fleet Air Arm base from 1918-50, and after the war a USAF Strategic Air Command base from 1950-51, a United States Air Forces Europe base from 1950-58, an RAF station...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Conemaugh, PA 6 February 1921

Son of Blaine and Cecelia Wyrwas.

Enlisted Altoona, PA 10 September 1942

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Based Manston 1943 – 1 December 1943

Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 1 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen in B-24 42-40793 'Blonds Away' 1-Dec-43; damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land. KIA MACR 3983

Buried Assumption Church Cemetery East Taylor Township, Cambria County, PA 1948

Assumption Church Cemetery
East Taylor Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2021 09:46:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28622013
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https://www.fold3.com/image?rec=299459703
https://www.fold3.com/record/86937716/leonard-e-wyrwas-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/97827650/leonard-e.-wyrwas

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2021 20:27:27 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 11:41:24 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

 Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 406 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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