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Ralph J Leffelman

Military

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881.

Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

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  • Robert Fuller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, blown out of the plane when it exploded and was the only crew member to survive. 8-Apr-45. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13881...

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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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31333 'Wee Willie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Memphis 9/11/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-W] Bassingbourn 20/12/43; Missing in Action 129m Stendahl 8/4/45 with 1Lt Robert E Fuller (POW), 2Lt Woodrow A Lien, T/Sgt Francis McCarthy, S/Sgt Richard D...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born King County, WA, USA 1921
Lived in Seattle, Washington, USA 1941
Enlisted Seattle, WA, USA 28 August 1942
Based Bassingbourn 1944 – 8 April 1945

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Stendahl, 21629 Neu Wulmstorf, Germany 8 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Stendahl, Germany in B-17G 'Wee Willie' 42-31333, killed in explosion or crash Nr Stendahl 8-Apr-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13881.

Buried May 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Margraten
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
Limburg, Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2017 14:36:07 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529874047_ralph_j%20leffelman/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/85001378_ralph_j%20leffelman/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/29433690
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55903817

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 14:36:52 A. van Erp Changes to service number, awards and events
Sources

www.wwiimemorial.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13881 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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