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Lester Jerome Yearous


He flew on John G. Davis crew. Arrived in England on 23 May 1944 and departed 07 Dec 1944.
Jerome helped on the family farm before he enlisted. Originally selected for pilot training he was then rejected on medical grounds and trained as a gunner/mechanic. Assigned to Sioux City Air Base for ground maintenance he was overnight substituted for air crew who had gone sick and flew over on a B-17. He was to fly on 28 combat missions from Thurleigh, the first June 15 1944, his last on his birthday November 16th. He returned to the USA then supervised maintenance on the B-29's at Muroc Filed CA until his discharge September 28 1945. He was afterwards an real estate broker.



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Elgin, Iowa 16 November 1922
Died 9 June 2011


Date Contributor Update
14 May 2022 10:21:51 Helen Changes to biography

Iowans of the Mighty Eighth

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:48 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, Combat Crews pg. 28, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /