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Leon Fontaine Stewart

Military

1st Lt Leon F. Stewart flew 33 missions, from 10/25/1944, mission #160, to 04/14/1945, mission #248 with the 401st BG. He served as a Navigator. He flew his first 13 missions with the Fred H. Babcock crew and was transferred to the Art Seder crew for his last 20 missions to serve as a Lead Navigator. He flew his first 26 missions with the 614th BS, but the Seder crew of which he was a member was transferred to the 615th BS to fly PFF aircraft for the remainder of his missions.

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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron
  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102659 Hard Seventeen & Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 16/5/44; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 30/5/44; Salvaged 10/1/45. HARD SEVENTEEN aka HARD LUCK.

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-32012 'Shark Tooth'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-97395

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; mechanical fault, with Dave Stauffer, caused fire and burnt out at RAF Saltby 25/43/45; 111m, Salvaged 2 SAD 25/3/45. CHUTE THE WORKS.

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

  • 42-97780 "NOW GO!" aka "Blue Bomb Express"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 19/4/44 NOW GO!; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-R] Deenethorpe 28/4/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10...

  • 43-37602

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 17/5/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 602BS/401 BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38236

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Kearney 21/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-M] Deenethorpe 25/8/44; battle damaged Frankfurt 5/11/44 with ?; crash landed Dunmow A/fd, UK; Salvaged 8/11/44.

  • 43-38565

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Lincoln 6/9/44; Dow Fd 21/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 5/10/44; take off accident with Fred Babcock 1/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 43-38646

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/8/44; Hunter 19/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-T] Deenethorpe 7/10/44; Missing in Action Rosenheim 18/4/45 with Gene Viehman, Harry Coutts, Jim Stalzer, Pete Orlando, Edwin Schwartz, Jim Retzlaff, Ken Hobson, Dave...

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Missions

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 691

    28 October 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 705

    8 November 1944

  • 707

    9 November 1944

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 723

    25 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2021 20:30:02 Dricharlo Changes to unit associations
Sources

Submitted by Rick Graham, nephew of Leon F Stewart.

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2020 21:21:06 Dricharlo Changes to media associations
Sources

Rick Graham is 1st Lt Leon F Stewart's nephew.

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2020 18:58:06 Dricharlo Changes to media associations
Sources

Rick Graham is the nephew of 1st Lt Leon F Stewart and acquired this info from the Eighth Air Force Historical Society Museum, the 401st BG website and the book "Portrait of a Flying Lady" by George Menzel.

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2020 16:08:23 Dricharlo Changes to media associations
Sources

Rick Graham is the nephew of 1st Lt Leon F. Stewart and acquired the photo from the owner of the 401st BG website.

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2020 15:58:00 Dricharlo Changes to unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Rick Graham is a nephew of 1st Lt. Leon F Stewart and used the 401st BG website as well as the Eighth Air Force Memorial Museum library in Savannah, GA.

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2020 21:44:09 Dricharlo Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, role, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Donald R. Graham is the nephew of Leon F. Stewart and he obtained this information from the 401st BG website, as well as searching through the Eighth Air Force Historical Society Museum library in Savannah, GA. Also, my uncle is mentioned in the book "Portrait of a Flying Lady" by George Menzel.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/?Search=yes

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