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Leonard T. Ryerson

 

Leonard Thomas Ryerson, d. 1942

Served in World War II

Second Lieutenant, US Army Air Forces

336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group

Died September 26, 1942, shot down over Brest, France

Buried:  in a cemetery near Brest, France by the Germans

Reinterred:  Brittany American Cemetery, Plot H Row 10 Grave 15  St James, France

Awards

Purple Heart

World War II Victory Medal

World War II Service Lapel Button

European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal w/ One Bronze Service Star

Born: February 18, 1911 in Danbury, New Hampshire, son of Wilson Heath and Eliza (Thomas) Ryerson

Residence: Moved to Holliston in 1925 and lived first at 249 Central Street and then 1797 Washington Street

where family operated the Ryerson Poultry Farm (location  now known as Cedar Brook Estates at Johnson Street) 

Flying Experience:  Learned to fly at East Boston Airport (Logan) and moved in late 1930's to California

as a flying instructor.  Prior to United States entry in World War II, joined RAF in 1941 and was assigned to

133 Squadron as afighter pilot becoming one of 242 Americans in three British Eagle Squadrons. 

Transferred to United States Army AIr Force on September 16, 1942.  Died ten days later on what was expected

to be a routine mission to escort a formation of B-17’s on a bombing raid on Morlaix.

Veteran's Square: Washington Street & Johnson Street