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Leroy W Kuest


Crew chief, maintaining B17s at Rougham. He met his wife, Margaret McCurdy, at a dance in London,and they were married in 1946, in Odessa, Washington. Throughout his life, Leroy helped to keep the history of the 94th Bomb Group alive by sharing his memories and photographs, and helping to organise reunions. He and his wife were present for the ceremony dedicating the Rose Garden on the abbey grounds in Bury St Edmunds. After retirement, Leroy and Margaret lived on a farm, but finally moved into a retirement community in north Spokane, Washington, in 1998. His memorial service was held on 25 March, 2015, at Rockwood at Hawthorne, the community where he lived.
A copy of his war diary can be found at:



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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
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  • Leo Lewis

    Military | Major General | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Leo C Lewis remained in the Air Force after the war, moving up to the rank of Major General in 1971. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flyng Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Air...

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Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 42-37846 Lucky 13

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Rougham 9/10/43; sal 2/6/45. LUCKY 13.

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...


Event Location Date
Born Odessa, Washington 25 August 1918
Enlisted Spokane, WA 19 March 1942
Died Spokane, WA 21 February 2015


Date Contributor Update
09 September 2015 15:51:24 usxpat Changes to events and place associations

previously noted

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2015 15:50:32 usxpat Changes to middlename, role, biography, events and place associations

Obituary, Strate Funeral Home,
Enlistment records at

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 15:22:17 usxpat Changes to highest rank, role, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Lingering Contrails of The Big Square A, Pg 367