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Leon St Clair Musselwhite

Military

Leon S. Musselwhite was born and raised in Mississippi. He was an engineering student at Mississippi State University when the war in Europe started. He enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard in 1938 and became active duty 11 May 1939 thru 24 Nov 1940 with the Corps of Engineers. He then became a cadet in the Army Air Corps and was 2nd lt. after completion of navigator training 22 Apr 1943. His WW II assignment was in Thurleigh, England, with 369th Bombardment Squadron on B-17s. He completed 30 combat missions with 184 combat flying hours. He returned to U.S. to Dyersburg AFB, Tennessee, as 1st lt with several combat medals. He was relieved from active duty 2 Nov 1945 so he could complete his college education at University of Houston. In February 1951 he returned to active duty as a navigator instructor, and he completed his BS in archetectural engineering in May 1952. He remained in the USAF until 30 Mar 1966 w/ several additional duty stations and training/schools. He flew on T-29s and C-47s, and retired after 26 years service as major, master navigator with 3981 flight hours.

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. ...

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    Division
    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 40th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2020 21:47:35 Kathie L Kochanowsky Changes to media associations
Sources

Military information from Separation Records of Leon S. Musselwhite obtained from NPRC, St. Louis, MO, by daughter Kathie Kochanowsky. Media in private collection of Kathie Kochanowsky.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2020 21:44:22 Kathie L Kochanowsky Changes to biography
Sources

Military information from Separation Records of Leon S. Musselwhite obtained from NPRC, St. Louis, MO, by daughter Kathie Kochanowsky. Media in private collection of Kathie Kochanowsky.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2020 20:56:33 Kathie L Kochanowsky Changes to role
Sources

Military information from Separation Records of Leon S. Musselwhite received from NPRC, St. Louis, MO , by daughter Kathie Kochanowsky. Media in private collection of Kathie Kochanowsky.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2020 19:14:35 Kathie L Kochanowsky Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Separation Documents of Leon St. Clair Musselwhite obtained from NPRC, St. Louis, MO, by daughter Kathie Kochanowsky

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