1/Lt. William J. Leonard


(B. Kamego)

1/Lt. William J. Leonard

338th FS - 26 May 1944 - 04 December 1944

Assigned Aircraft

CL-G
(Help with identifying the attached P-51 photo and ground crew, would be appreciated).  Photo courtesy of Bill Kamego.

Mission History

310 combat hours

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
231 11 September 1944 Ruhland
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Score Detail 11 September 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) S/Meiningen
11 September 1944  Me-109 damaged (air) S/Meiningen
Notes ASN - O-887060
26 May 1944 - Assigned to Squadron as a Flight Officer (FO) T-1847
13 July 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
18 July 1944 - Promoted from Flight Officer to 2nd Lieutenant
31 August 1944 - Awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
15 September 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
13 October 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
14 November 1944 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
14 November 1944 - Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
15 September 1944 - Assigned as "A" flight commander
04 December 1944 - Replaced as "A" flight commander
04 December 1944 - Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot
Lt. Leonard was killed after his tour, while on an engineering test flight of a P-51-D-20AO in Texas in April 1945.
Awards
Memories "I have the accident report from the gov. Those planes went a lot faster than than most people think. The accident report mentioned that 'aircraft assigned to rocket gunnery are test flown at 505 MPH or the airspeed redline' After this accident all P51's at Foster Field were restricted to 450 MPH."  (Bill Kamego)
Additional Photo
 
Lt Leonard showing bullet holes in his P-51 to his ground crew, after the 11 September 1944 mission. (Bill Kamego)
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Newspaper Article Clippings from the Detroit News newspaper on Lt. Leonard, dated 20th September 1944
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