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Leroy Lewis Weese

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Leroy Weese was Right Waist Gunner on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint-Trond Belgium airfield. Like 5 other crew members, he survived the crash. Pilot Rowe and 2 other men were killed. According to a 9 November 1944 article in the Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio), he had been seriously wounded in the crash.

Service

People

  • James Hedren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    James Hedren was Navigator on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint-Trond,...

  • William Hendricks

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Luchous Howington

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Luchous Howington was Tail Gunner on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on return from the raid, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the...

  • Frank Janik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Radio Operator Frank Janik had been awarded the Air Medal for taking part in bombing raids over Berlin, Brunswick, and other war production centers in Germany and also over the Invasion coast and Nazi communication centers of France with the 704th...

  • Glen Rowe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Glen Rowe was Pilot of B-24 #41-29128 on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany. Hit by Flak on return from the raid, the pilot tried to force-land the badly damaged ship at the Saint-Trond, Belgium, airfield. It exploded and Rowe and two...

  • James Royer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    James Royer was Co-Pilot on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint-Trond...

  • Irving Siegel

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29128 Lady Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    One of the original B-24H of the 704th Bomb Squadron, "Lady Luck" completed 49 successful missions and claimed to have even shot down a fighter. She was part of the 446th Bomb Group and was based at Station 125, Bungay, Suffolk. ...

Missions

  • 678

    15 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 16 May 1924

Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, the son of Hoadley Ira and Bessie (Blake) Weese

Lived in 1940

Chillicothe City, Scioto Township, Ross County, Ohio

Enlisted 8 March 1943

Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence Township, Marion County, Indiana

sent overseas 3 July 1944

assigned to the 704th Squadron ot the 446th Bomb Group, Bungay

survived the crash 15 October 1944

of badly-damaged B-24 #41-29128 at the Saint-Trond airfield, Belgium

Died 1 December 2000

Beavercreek, Greene County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2019 08:57:20 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Chillicothe Gazette, 9 November 1944
SSDI Death Index

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.446bg.com/

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