Collection Number: 05650-z

Collection Title: Jesse I. Ledbetter Reminiscence, 1994

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Abstract Jesse I. Ledbetter (1922-2015), of Buncombe County, N.C., served as a U.S. Army Air Corps B-24 bomber pilot with the 485th Bomber Group, 831st Bomb Squadron in Venosa, Italy during World War II. The Jesse I. Ledbetter Reminiscence documents a 26 July 1944 bombing mission to Vienna, Austria.
Creator Ledbetter, Jesse I., 1922-2015
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Jesse I. Ledbetter Reminiscence #05650-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Received from Ellie Kinnaird of Chapel Hill, N.C., in September 2015 (Acc. 102313)
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Jesse I. Ledbetter, of Buncombe County, N.C., was commissioned in 1943 as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II as a B-24 bomber pilot. Ledbetter flew 51 bombing missions with the 485th Bomb Group, 831st Bomb Squadron stationed in Venosa, Italy. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for a bombing mission to Vienna, Austria, on 26 July 1944. Ledbetter retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years and began a career in real estate and politics. He served 12 years as a county commissioner, followed by 4 years as a North Carolina State Senator.

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The Jesse I. Ledbetter Reminiscence documents a 26 July 1944 bombing mission to Vienna, Austria, by the U.S. Army Air Corps, 485th Bomb Group, 831st Bomb Squadron. Several other airmen contributed to Ledbetter's personal account of the mission, including Jack Breen of Buffalo, N.Y.; Burl Jackson of Lima, Ohio; Mike Lupoli of Tafta, Pa.; Harold Richards of Peoria, Ill.; and Bill Schuetze of Dearborn, Mich.

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The Jesse I. Ledbetter Reminiscence documents a 26 July 1944 bombing mission to Vienna, Austria, by the U.S. Army Air Corps, 485th Bomb Group, 831st Bomb Squadron. Several other airmen contributed to Ledbetter's personal account of the mission, including Jack Breen of Buffalo, N.Y.; Burl Jackson of Lima, Ohio; Mike Lupoli of Tafta, Pa.; Harold Richards of Peoria, Ill.; and Bill Schuetze of Dearborn, Mich.

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"A Mission to Vienna," 1994 #05650-z, Series: "Jesse I. Ledbetter Reminiscence, 1994." Folder 1

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Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2016

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2016

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