Info and medals Tech Sgt. Leo Cawdrey Jr. probably earned
Tech Sgt. Leo Cawdrey Jr. was born April 5, 1923 in Fairbury, and was baptised in his early childhood. Leo grew up in the presbytorian Sunday School and Church, singing in the choir and associated in the service of the church.
Air Force Enlisted Air Crew
Leo enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Nebraska on Janaury 2, 1942. He was assigned to t he 429th Bomb Squadron. The Squadron was activated February 1, 1940 as the 41st Squadron Heavy; 429th Bombardment Squadron Heavy on April 22, 1942. On October 29, 1942 the 429th became a part of the 2nd Bomber Group with the 20th, 49th, and 96th Squadron. The four squadrons trained at bases in Montana until March 13, 1943. All four squadrons arrived in Algeria in March. Tech Sgt. Leo Cawdrey Jr. went overseas about April 1, 1943. T-Sgt. Cawdrey was a radio operator/gunner on a B-17 bomber and was lost July 10, 1943 after completing 16 missions.
Leo Cawdrey's Purple Heart and Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
Services for Sgt. Cawdrey were held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon with Rev. H.L. Call officiating. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and ladies auxiliary took part in very impressive services. Marguerite Evans sang two solos.
Partail newspaper clipping of T-Sgt. Leo M. Cawdrey Jr. Obituary
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery