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Leonard Stephen Pate


Flight Engineer on B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515 BS, 376 BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya.



  • Donaldson Hurd

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. Shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 18-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298. ...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron



  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...


Event Location Date
Born 2 September 1912

Son of Homer and Freda A Pate.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 15 July 1942

Los Angeles, California

Discharged USAAF 2 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 2 October 1989
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park Covina, Los Angeles County, CA 5 October 1989

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Covina, Los Angeles County, California


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11 July 2021 18:52:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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