Aurie, Leander J., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 367th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Thurleigh, England

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Allouez Catholic Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum - Green Bay, Wisconsin
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United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Aerial Gunnery SchoolTraining Units306th Bombardment Group, Heavy
367th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1943, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, Training Units
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 306th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 367th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Leander J. Aurie was born on July 31, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to his NARA enlistment record, he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps on October 15, 1942. The record also states he had completed 4 years of high school, was single, and had previously been a machinist.

After he completed basic training, he was sent to aerial gunnery school. He graduated and was promoted to Sergeant. Then, he was assigned to an operational unit for further training and combat crew assignment. These training venues included Salt Lake City, Utah; Ephrata, Washington; and Pendleton Field, Washington. The crew deployed overseas in November, 1943.

The crew arrived in England, and was assigned to the 367th Bomb Squadron of the 367th Bomb Group, operating from Thurleigh. On January 11, 1944, the crew was scheduled to fly in the low squadron on a group raid on the Junkers aircraft factory at Halberstadt, Germany.

Over the target, no enemy aircraft were encountered, and flak was light. As the formation reached Holland on the return flight, it was attacked by a number of German aircraft. In avoiding one attack, a B-17 veered out of formation and clipped the aircraft Sgt Aurie was in. The pilot managed to regain control of the aircraft, but it was then attacked by three waves of enemy aircraft using the "12 o'clock high" maneuver. It was shot down, but some of the crew bailed out.

The aircraft crashed near Epe, Holland. Nine bodies were recovered and buried in a local cemetery. After the Allies gained control of the territory, the men were moved to the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. After the war, Sgt Aurie was returned to the U.S. and buried in Allouz Catholic Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.,htm
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The aircraft involved in this loss was B-17G # 42-31451, nicknamed "BIOYA," assigned to the 367th Bomb Squadron. Records indicate that "BIOYA" was an abbreviation for "Blow It Out Your Ass."

Missing Air Crew Report 1934 identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Ross A. McCollum    p
2 Lt Marcum E. Thomas    c-p
2 Lt Daniel P. Jones    nav
2 Lt Llyod G. Crabtree    bomb
SSgt Warren A. Warner    eng/tt gun
SSgt Henry A. Stelmach    r/o
Sgt Howard L. Chatelaine    btg
Sgt Warren B. Goss   lwg
Sgt Leander J. Aurie    rwg
Sgt Andrew F. Barrus   tail gun

Lt. Crabtree was the only survivor. He was captured and remained in Stalag Luft I until liberated at war's end.

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