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Stanley Lesser

Military

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7545

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Kenneth Murgatroyd

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31037 Pistol Packin' Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe 10/10/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Kenneth R Murgatroyd, James E Pennoyer, James K Elderkin, Stanley Lesser, Jerome P Robertson, Howard N Magnuson (6 Prisoner of War); Owen...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, New York 22 May 1922

Son of Clara Lesser.

Lived in Bronx, New York 1942

3425 Knox Place

Enlisted 11 February 1943
Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 20 July 1944

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 20 July 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 15 October 1945

Honourable discharge

Died 24 November 1985

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2021 18:15:23 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/695308469
https://www.fold3.com/record/5024488/stanley-lesser-social-security-deat...
https://www.fold3.com/record/627700266/stanley-lesser-1922-veterans-affa...

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2021 05:03:46 466thHistorian Changes to events
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Corrected bio and rank

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2021 05:03:22 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role and events
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Corrected bio and rank

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 17:32:58 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards and events
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https://www.fold3.com/record/5024488/stanley-lesser-social-security-deat...
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2020 03:27:40 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2019 23:19:12 466thHistorian Changes to events
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https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2704&h=22823287...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=2308696...
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2125/31682_B010193-01595?pid=32784&...

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2019 23:11:05 466thHistorian Changes to role, biography and events
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https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2125/31682_B010193-01596?pid=32785&...

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2019 13:51:08 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29405263
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=2&cat=WR26&tf...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7545,

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