|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 2009|
Leroy Edward Allen passed away on Aug. 7, 2009, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 89.
Mr. Allen was born on Feb. 20, 1920, in Redmond, to parents Edward and Mildred Green Allen.
He graduated from Redmond High School in 1938 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 14, 1941.
During World War II, his plane was shot down on his 18th bombing mission over Berlin on March 8, 1944, and he was confined as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 1 until the prisoners were freed by Russian troops on May 2, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery under fire. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 7, 1945. He continued his military services in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a major in 1972.
Returning to the family ranch near Paulina, Mr. Allen worked as a mechanic in Prineville. On Feb. 8, 1948, he married Lucille Ione Menard at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prineville.
The Allens moved to Madras in 1961, where he worked as a letter carrier for the Madras Post Office for 20 years, retiring in 1982.
Mr. Allen was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras, and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He also enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hunting, camping, and working with wood.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lucille Ione Allen of Madras; children, Sallie Shepherd of Milwaukie, and Jerry Allen of Tigard; sisters, Millie Ray of Idaho, Stella Cook of Bend, and Marie Wilkerson of Arizona; four grandchildren, Michael Allen of Lafayette, Ore., Heidi Shepherd of Oregon City, Melissa Allen and Jennifer Allen, both of Tigard; and one great-grandson, Tristan Roy Allen of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Recitation of the rosary was be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009 at Bel-Air Chapel. Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Madras Pioneer August 12, 2009
From the internet:
Leroy was the co-pilot of the 42-30847 MZ N "Pegasus"
My reference shows that there are pictures on pages 103 and 112 of Snetterton Falcons:The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E. Doherty and Geoffrey D. Ward. This plane failed to return due to German fighters and crashed at Vechta, Germany.
Lt Donald O. Kasch (P) KIA
2Lt Leroy E. Allen (CP) POW
2Lt Eugene F. Schadler (N) KIA
2Lt Roger D. Buhla (B) POW
T/Sgt Joseph R. Gerba (tt) POW
T/Sgt Robert F. Stott (RO) POW
S/Sgt Norman R. Wolcox (Bt) pow
S/Sgt Guy S. West (LW) POW
S/Sgt John P. Lawski (RW) POW
S/Sgt Bales C. Masys (TG) POW
Listed as being in Luft Camp 1 North - Barrack 6 Room along with his bombadier Roger Buhla about halfway down this page.
Edward Allen (1882 - 1967)
Mildred Susanah Green Allen (1894 - 1986)
Lucille Ione Menard Allen (1924 - 2015)
Marie Bessie Allen Wilkinson (1919 - 2012)*
Leroy Edward Allen (1920 - 2009)
Mount Jefferson Memorial Park
Plot: Garden of Peace 40-2
GPS (lat/lon): 44.64652, -121.10829
Created by: Zzzoey
Record added: Aug 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40633789