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Lester P Ulvestad


30 combat missions, 26 as lead aircraft. 16 of lead missions were with two brothers, Billie Melton, Pilot and Wallace Melton, Navigator.

Les Ulvestad trained first as a navigator, then with a photo reconnaissance group, next a crash course in the use of the bombsight and finally gunnery school. He requested a transfer to bombers and joined up with a replacement B-17 crew at Drew Field Tampa FL. Assigned to t he 331 BS 94th BG at Rougham he flew on four missions before being sent to Alconbury for training on Radar. He then joined up with the 331st BS Lead Crew that of Billie Melton - whose Navigator was his brother - for a further 16 missions as Mickey Operator. His final mission, his 30th and the Group's 300th was on 15th March 1945 to Orianburg near Berlin.

WW II VM/ DUC/ DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ATO/ EAME



  • Billy Melton

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Had his brother Jeff as his navigator. , they completed their tour safely. The commanding officer Col. Dougher wanted to throw the book at them for disobeying orders,, but Billy said since they made it thru safely why not forget about it? He did.

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.


  • 42-102605 Kismet

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 14/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Rougham 1/5/44; Missing in Action battle support area, Fr 13/8/44 with Joe Griffith, Ball turret gunner: Pvt Bill Lappanan, Waist gunner: Jack Kassick (3 evaded...

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Event Location Date
Born Fillmore County, Minnesota 20 December 1916


Date Contributor Update
04 August 2020 09:21:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 94th Bomb Group related to the service of Lester Ulvestad.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 10:11:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and person associations

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

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30 March 2020 01:42:08 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

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24 November 2015 12:32:13 usxpat Created entry with surname, firstname, role, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques