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2Lt Leonard Robert Willette

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2Lt Leonard Robert Willette Veteran

Birth
Belleville, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death
22 Sep 1944 (aged 23)
Freimehring, Landkreis Mühldorf am Inn, Bavaria, Germany
Burial
Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France Add to Map
Plot
Plot J Row 18 Grave 17
Memorial ID
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IN MAY 1949 THEY WERE THE THE VERY FIRST U. S. AIR FORCE TOP GUN PILOTS
332nd Fighter Group - Awarded First Place In The Conventional (Propeller) Aircraft Division

2nd Lt. Leonard Robert Willette

Leonard Robert Willette was born April 29, 1921, in Belleville, New Jersey. His father, Lawrence, served in the 370th Infantry Regiment in WWI and his mother, Leonora, was a renown playwright and friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. Willette enlisted in the Army Air Corps while attending NYU, and was trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. After graduating as a flight officer in n1944, he was assigned to pilot P-51 Mustangs at Ramitelli Airfield in Italy. There he served with the 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, who called themselves the Red Tails. They are more commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in the U.S. armed forces.
IN MAY 1949 THEY WERE THE THE VERY FIRST U. S. AIR FORCE TOP GUN PILOTS
332nd Fighter Group - Awarded First Place In The Conventional (Propeller) Aircraft Division

2nd Lt. Leonard Robert Willette

Leonard Robert Willette was born April 29, 1921, in Belleville, New Jersey. His father, Lawrence, served in the 370th Infantry Regiment in WWI and his mother, Leonora, was a renown playwright and friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. Willette enlisted in the Army Air Corps while attending NYU, and was trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. After graduating as a flight officer in n1944, he was assigned to pilot P-51 Mustangs at Ramitelli Airfield in Italy. There he served with the 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, who called themselves the Red Tails. They are more commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in the U.S. armed forces.

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  • Maintained by: Garrett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: Aug 8, 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56662316/leonard_robert-willette: accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Leonard Robert Willette (29 Apr 1921–22 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56662316, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France; Maintained by Garrett (contributor 46566931).