Lilley, Leonard William, Col

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1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Group
Service Years
1944 - 1967

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Contact Info
Home Town
Ancon, Canal Zone; Alexandria, Virginia
Last Address
Alexandria, Virginia

Date of Passing
Apr 02, 1993
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 6, Grave 9294

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was born in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone. He flew 101 combat missions in Korea and was credited with destroying 7 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and damaging 1. He served in the USAF until retiring in 1967 but little is known about his career. He is at far right in above photo.

His Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Leonard W. Lilley, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations as a Pilot, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Fifth Air Force, on 18 November 1952. On that date while leading a flight of four F-86s near the Chong Chon River in North Korea, Captain Lilley went to the aid of friendly fighter aircraft under attack from enemy MIG aircraft. Sighting one of the enemy MIGs pulling up from a firing pass, Captain Lilley, flying at maximum speed, closed to fire. Suddenly the enemy's aircraft stalled, making imminent a crash with the on-rushing F-86. Reacting instantly, Captain Lilley, in one motion, fired an accurate lethal burst and skillfully maneuvered past the right wing of the MIG, successfully avoiding a collision. At the moment he pulled past the MIG, it exploded, rocking Captain Lilley's aircraft violently and sending it temporarily out of control; but with superb airmanship, he regained control and rejoined his flight. A later check disclosed that Captain Lilley had expended only one hundred and eighty rounds of ammunition in downing this, his fifth enemy aircraft. Through his high personal courage in going to the aid of friendly fighters and his keen airmanship, marksmanship and devotion to duty, Captain Lilley upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Air Forces, General Orders No. 30 (January 20, 1953)

Action Date: 18-Nov-52

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Regiment: 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing

Division: 5th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments
334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron4th Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II
  1952-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1942-1945, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  
  1952-1953, F-86 Sabre
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