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Charles B Leighton

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF in England from October 1942 to May 1943, during which time he completed his tour as Navigator aboard the B-17 "Memphis Belle". He and the crew next completed a war bond tour across the United States with the famous B-17 from June to September 1943. After the war bond tour, Capt Leighton served at Lockbourne Army Air Field, Ohio, and then with the 2132nd Army Air Force Base Unit at Maxwell Field, Alabama, where he received an honorable discharge on November 27, 1945.

Awards: DFC, AM (3 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign.

Post war: After leaving active duty, Charles completed his degree and worked as a school teacher and guidance counselor.

Service

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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

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 Anderson, IN, USA 22 May 1919
Lived in Flint, MI, USA 1941
Enlisted Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Rickenbacker International Airport, 7370 Minuteman Way, Columbus, OH 43217, USA 20 January 1942

Lockbourne Aaf
Columbus
Ohio

Based Bassingbourn October 1942 – May 1943

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF.

War bond tour United States June 1943 – September 1943

War bond tour with Memphis Belle across the US.

Based Ohio/Alabama Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Rickenbacker International Airport, 7370 Minuteman Way, Columbus, OH 43217, USA September 1943 – 27 November 1945

Served at Lockbourne Army Air Field, Ohio, and then with the 2132nd Army Air Force Base Unit at Maxwell Field, Alabama.

Discharged Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL 36112, USA 27 November 1945

Honourably discharged.

Died Petoskey, MI 49770, USA 22 April 1991

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 15:15:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1260
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90988190
https://www.fold3.com/page/84184785_charles_b%20leighton/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/43616467_charles_b%20leighton/details/

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