Lenard Leroy Bryant was originally a Waist Gunner on a B-17 G with the Buslee crew. On the crew’s fourth mission, Bryant became the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.
Bryant and the Buslee crew were eventually stationed at the Grafton Underwood Airbase with the 8th Air Force, 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy). Bryant’s first mission was August 4, 1944, and his last was on September 28, 1944.
On the September 28 mission, another 384th plane collided with his plane coming off the target in Magdeburg, Germany. He was killed along with seven other members of the crew.
Lenard Leroy Bryant is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland in Plot G, Row 7, Grave 22. He received an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service in WWII.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013