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|397th Fighter Squadron Photo Album Page J - N
|Leavoy's D3-V "Lizzy"
|Albert Larsen Jr.
Crew Chief D3-X
2nd Lt. Norman E.
MACR #5715, Shot down by
flak near Bayeux, France.
Cemetery: Normandy I-18-11
|Harris Krause & D3-K
"Hard to Get"
|On Dec 17th, 1944
The 397th FS was
bounced by almost
40 fighters, Lt. Kerr
was credited with 4
destroyed and 1
just shy of another
368th FG Ace.
The air battle and
Kerr's action was
featured in the
Stars and Stripes.
Les Leavoy continued to
serve after WW2 and
retired in 1976 with 34
years of service to his
country. Les flew 250
combat missions in
Vietnam as Commander
of the 90th TFS and
later the 416th TFS.
Les flew fighters his
entire career with over
|Les Leavoy with
Les Leavoy receiving
2000 hour award for
the F-100 Super Sabre
|Charles Knooihuzen & Arthur Houston
2nd Lt. Cyril J. Konesny
MACR #11787, Shot down by Me-109
near Mannheim, Germany.
Cemetery: Lorraine, France D-34-29
|Joe Marini & Ground Crew
|Joseph Marini &
1st Lt. Rudolph L. Marko
MACR #7934, Struck tree while strafing
near Vire, France.
Cemetery: Calvary, Cleveland, OH, USA
|Joe Marini was shot
down by flak while
strafing targets in
France, he was captured
and was a POW at
Stalag Luft I
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William M. Kerr (0-662136), First
Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while
serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 397th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against
enemy forces on 17 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Kerr shot down FOUR enemy
aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Kerr's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 37 (1945)
Major Richard Leary was one of the first Pilots
to go to the front with the infantry as a forward
air controller. During his tour a German tank
fired at his jeep killing 2 and wounding Leary.
He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple
Later he would earn the Silver Star for
repeated attacks in bad weather on a German
armor column during the onset of the
Major Leary was shot down by a FW-190 on
14Jan45 near Mannheim, Germany and
became a POW.
2nd Lt. Herbert F. Koenig
MACR #14206, Struck telephone pole while
strafing near Mlekojedy, south of
Cemetery: St. Stephen's, Hamilton, Ohio
|First Sgt. Francis Lenahan
|Stan Johnson, Harry Rogal,
& Roy Carlson
2nd Lt. Gerald B. Kelly
MACR #9783, Shot down by flak near Aachen,
Cemetery: City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah
|The Three Musketeers
Gerald Kelly, Donald Evans, & Robert Sharp