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Leigh Slates Jr.

Military

1st Lieutenant Leigh Slates was born December 24, 1919. His next of kin were his wife, Glennadine Slates, and his parents, Leigh and Almira Slates. He was from Palmyra, Missouri.

On April 24, 1945, he was the Pilot of “Yo Yo Champ,” B-26 tail #42-95987 of the 17th Bomb Group (M), 34th Bomb Squadron (M), when it went down over Oberroth, Germany.
He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-95987 Yo-Yo Champ

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26 Marauder serial number 42-95987 crashed on 24 April 1945, flying a mission from Dijon, France, where it was based with the 17th Bomb Group, to Schwabmunchen, Germany. ...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Palmyra, MO 63461, USA 24 December 1919

1st Lieutenant Leigh Slates was born December 24, 1919. His next of kin were his wife, Glennadine Slates, and his parents, Leigh and Almira Slates. He was from Palmyra, Missouri.

Enlisted St. Louis, MO, USA 15 January 1942

At Jefferson Barracks

Died Oberroth, Germany 24 April 1945

On April 24, 1945, he was the Pilot of “Yo Yo Champ,” B-26 tail #42-95987 of the 17th Bomb Group (M), 34th Bomb Squadron (M), when it went down over Oberroth, Germany.

Buried

He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France.

Plot E Row 45 Grave 24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2020 08:25:07 Superman Changes to biography and events
Sources

He was with the 17th BG, not the 19th as in the typo.

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 11:33:57 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

A couple of the sources available online are:
ABMC record: https://www.abmc.gov/node/538071#.VyCUHk32aM8
Findagrave record: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=slates&GSfn=leigh&...

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2016 18:53:10 Bubby Changes to suffix, nickname, service number, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

I am a relative of 1st LT Leigh Slates, Jr. His youngest brother is my Grandfather. Many of the corrections I have made are from facts shared with me by his parents and other members of his family, as well as my own personal research.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 06:13:05 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

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