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anyone know anything about s sgt leonards strong ww2 463rd bomber group 773rd he was a waist gunner died in feb 1945 anyone have any pictures or anything they can tell me about him he was my grandfathers half brother .thank you sincerely tyler

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I did find out recently that he was my Grandpa's best friend. My aunt interviewed my Grandpa in the year 2000. He never talked about his time in the service and did not give a lot of information when he was interviewed. (too difficult emotionally) My Grandpa was a  Ball turret Gunner with the 773rd. He was injured from FLAK on about his tenth mission. he was sent to the hospital for 2-3 weeks to recover and during this time, 9 men from his squadron were killed including his best friend Leonard Strong from Kansas. That's all he would say so sorry that's not much help. I do have a crew photo of my Grandpa, but I don't even know if Leonard is in it or not. My Grandpa is Staff Sergeant Nicholas James Adelmann. he is the 3rd from the right in the back row.


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Dear Sir:

My uncle was Lt. Edward McFarland Eagan, navigator of the Pysonya. He was killed on July  14th, 1944 over Budapest. Let me know if I can help you in any way.


Edward Shattuck

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S/Sgt Leonard Strong was a member of Lt Donald U. Bissonnette's crew that went down on 25 February 1945 on a mission to Linz, Austria. According to the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) #12458, the aircraft crashed near Bruchal, Germany.  S/Sgt Strong reached the ground safely and was being conducted by German police to be transported to Dulag-Luft West.  As they were passing through the town amongst hostile locals, the air raid sirens sounded and they (with their guards) went into an underground shelter.  It is unknown if S/Sgt Strong was killed in the Allied bombing raid because he was never seen again.  It is possible he was killed by the hostile crowd and then his body blown up.  No one knows so it would only be conjecture to offer an opinion.

If anyone would like a copy of the MACR, please contact me at

463rd BG Historian
Proud son of 1/Lt Leroy J. Swindlehurst (1921-1950)
Navigator, 772nd Squadron
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