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S/SGT  Leroy MOORE

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG

S/Sgt Leroy Moore, BTG on Burdette Williams Crew.  Believe he also flew missions with the 305th Bomb Group. 

S/Sgt Leroy Moore, BTG on Burdette Williams Crew with 337517 LD-T Heaven Can Wait . Courtesy of Scott Moore

S/Sgt Leroy Moore of Burdette Williams Crew wearing his painted A-2 jacket Shining Hour next to tail of 337517 Heaven Can Wait LD-T. Courtesy of Son Scott Moore

S/Sgt Leroy Moore, BTG on Burdette Williams Crew with 337517 LD-T Heaven Can Wait . Courtesy of Scott Moore

Sgt Leroy Moore Graduation photo before going overseas . Courtesy of Scott Moore

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Comments1: ORGINAL MEMBER OF B.L. WILLIAMS CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT BURDETTE L. WILLIAMS          P POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
2ND LT ELLIE R. NESMITH               CP KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
2ND LT WALTER M. PICKETT        NAV POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
2ND LT VERNON O. BREAZEALE        BOM KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
S/SGT MELVIN H. EVANS              ROG POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
   SGT GORDON L. TRICKER           TTE POW  29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG  WOUNDED
S/SGT LEROY MOORE                   BTG NOC
S/SGT WILLARD V. GOOS              WG KIA 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
   SGT ELROY A. YAROCH              WG POW 29 MAY 44 LEIPZIG
   SGT RAYMOND COHEN                  TG KIA 09 MAY 44 LAON/COUVRON AF,& LAON/ATHIES 

418th Sqdn..Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 18 Apr 44. 
Sgt Cohen was killled when a bomb from a B-17 flying above his ship landed in the tail assembly. Ship returned to Thorpe Abbotts where at great risk Cohen was extricated but he did not survive. See p. 61 of Story of the Century and Splasher Six (summer 1974).  That Cohen did not survive does not diminish the valiant effort of Doc Kinder and the others who risked their lives in the attempt to save Sgt Cohen.

Crew on May 29, 1944 
Target: Leipzig
Missing Air Crew Report: #5237
A/C 42-107011  LD-T "Shinning Hour"

Lt Burdette L. Williams     Pilot- POW  
Lt Ellie R. Nesmith           Copilot- KIA, Buried Torgau City Cemetary, Sec C, Row 2,  Grave 7, 
Lt Walter M. Pickett        Navigator-POW
Lt Vernon O. Breazeale    Bombardier-KIA, Ok when he bailed out.  Buried Torgau City Cemetary,  Sec C, Row 2,  Grave 6, 
S/Sgt Melvin H. Evans      Radio Operator Gunner-POW
Sgt Gordon L. Ticker       Top Turret Engineer-POW
Sgt Larry C. Boyer           Ball Turret Gunner-POW
S/Sgt willard V. Goos       Waist Gunner-KIA Drowned in Elbe River, Buried in Mun Cemetary, Torgau Sec C, Row 2, Grave 8
Sgt Elroy A. Yaroch         Waist Gunner-POW
S/Sgt Lyle E. Nord           Tail Gunner-KIA, Buried Torgau City Cemetary,Sec C, Row 2, Grave 6?

On 29 May 44  The target was Leipzig with Col Jack Kidd leading.  The target was the Junkers plant .  Fighters hit the formation over the target and Lt Williams aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft at 1233 hours.  The #2 engine and nose was hit by 20 mm fire. The aircraft peeled out of formation, lost altitude and went into a vertical dive and exploded.  3 chutes were seen.  Sgt Larry C. Boyer was flying in place of Leroy Moore and became a POW. S/Sgt Lyle E. Nord, from the  original crew of E.E.Blakely, was flying in place of Cohen and was KIA.
S/Sgt Nord was killed by a 20mm entering his back, Goos is believed to have survived his jump but landed in water and drowned.  Nesmith was alright when he bailed out and the cause of his death remains unknown. Breazeale was also killed by 20mm fire.


Mission List of Lt Williams Crew

1.     27/04/44    LeCULOT
2.     29/04/44    BERLIN
3.       1/05/44    SAARGUEMINES & WIZERNES (NO BALL)
4.       7/05/44    BERLIN
5.       8/05/44    BERLIN & LaGLACERIE (NO BALL)
6.       9/05/44    LAON/COUVRON (S/Sgt Raymond Cohen Killed)
7.     11/05/44    LIEGE
8.     12/05/44    BRUX
9.     13/05/44    OSNABRUCK
10.   20/05/44    BRUSSELS
11.   24/05/44    BERLIN
12.   27/05/44    STRASSBOURG
13.   28/05/44    MAGDEBURG
14.   29/05/44    LEIPZIG-SHOT DOWN


Answers to your questions are something I've been researching for years.  My dad flew 46 missions from Thorpe Abbotts before being transferred to the ground portion of the Army Air Corps.  Why he was not on that flight is still a mystery.  I cannot find any archived flight records nor did he maintain any diaries of his service.  My mother told me at one time he may have caught shrapnel around one eye, but not enough to affect his vision.  As an armorer (BTG), his only records indicate he flew on the following aircraft;

Messie Bessie (Roberts)  1 mission
Mission Belle (West)  1 mission
Shining Hour (Williams)  16 missions
Silver Dollar (Smith)  1 mission
Rosies Riveters (Rosenthal)  8 missions
Royal Flush (Bently)  1 mission
Return Ticket (Evans)  1 mission
Hard Luck (Silvers)  1 mission
Tondelay Ho  1 mission
Dinah Mite  1 mission
The Natural Crap  1 mission
Dry Martini  1 mission
Anxious Annie  1 mission
Lalani  1 mission
Moonbeam McSwine  1 mission
Luck of the Irish  1 mission
Shamrock III  6 missions

As you can see, he was mostly a substitute when a gunner was needed to be replaced.
Following the 46 missions at Thorpe, he was transferred to the Infantry as a 50cal machine gunner on a reconnaissance vehicle at the tip of Patton's spear in the 603rd Reconnaissance Group.  He landed at Utah Beach roughly a week or so after D-Day as best I can determine and fought through France all the way to the Battle of the Bulge, lastly freeing prisoners from several concentration camps.  His unit remained in a policing mode until they were shipped back home and released from service.
He then married my mom in 1946 and for reasons only he could explain at the time, re-upped and began training for the infantry and eventually shipped to Japan to prepare for the Korea conflict.  His battalion was reported missing at the Kum River and eventually discovered he was KIA in July, 1950.  I was 9 months old at the time and never knew him, but always intensely interested in his history.  Mom never spoke at all about him as we grew up, so I literally have found all this on my own.  Scott & Darlene Moore  moore357@gmail.com

MEMO 2:

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PHOTOS:

Sgt Leroy Moore, Buckingham Field Ft Meyers 1943 . Courtesy of Scott Moore

Sgt Leroy Moore, Buckingham Field Ft Meyers 1943 . Courtesy of Scott Moore

Sgt Leroy Moore, Buckingham Field Ft Meyers 1943 . Courtesy of Scott Moore

S/Sgt Leroy Moore, BTG on Burdette Williams Crew with 337517 LD-T Heaven Can Wait . Courtesy of Scott Moore

Sgt Leroy Moore and Sgt R.I. Patton in Anchorage Alaska 1943. Courtesy of Scott Moore. 

Enlisted Crew of Heaven Can Wait. S/Sgt Leroy Moore, BTG on Burdette Williams Crew is second from Left with 337517 LD-T Heaven Can Wait . Courtesy of Scott Moore

Crew Chief S/Sgt A.O. Bruns
Sgt Perryman
Sgt Lyle Smith
Sgt Leroy Moore
Pvt Charles Porter

 

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