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Leslie R Peterson


Leslie R Peterson served as a radio operator/ gunner with the 457th Bomb Group. He completed 35 combat missions between 1 August 1944 and 31 December 1944. Twenty of his 35 missions were flown on B-17 42-97535.


Units served with

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97535 "Jill"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Kearney 28/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 384BG Grafton Underwood 10/2/44; transferred 750BS/457BG [R] Glatton 19/2/44; ...

Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Born 1919
Lived in Lakewood, NY 14750, USA 1937

Graduated high school this year

Enlisted Buffalo, NY, USA 4 March 1943

Married at the time of his enlistment

Died Lakewood, NY 14750, USA 14 October 1995


Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 16:25:19 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

NARA enlistment record:


Date Contributor Update
20 June 2016 15:54:31 Lucy May Changes to media associations

Associated other images that LR Peterson shared with aviation historian Roger Freeman over the years.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:44 AAM AAM ingest

1993 457th BGA Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia