An Airman's Story: Sergeant Lester Herman Scearce Jr.

Born on May 22,1925, in Danville, Virginia, Sergeant Lester Herman Scearce, growing up in an area hard hit by the depression, lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Airforce.

Sergeant Lester Scearce was trained as a radio operator and gunner, and he was assigned to fly with the "Grey Geese" B-24 Liberators in the Pacific Theater.

Flying on the plane "Dog Patch Express,"  his team participated in the first bombing runs on the Island of Nauru.

Sergeant Lester Herman Scearce would remain with the B-24s in the Pacific throughout the war.

Sergeant Lester Herman Scearce remained in the U.S. Airforce until his retirement in December of 1962. He embarked on a second career as County Magistrate until 2005 and died on March 26, 2015.

*A thorough history of the B-24s can be found in "Finish Forty and Home: The Untold WWII Story of B-24s in the Pacific," written by Sergeant Scearce's son. Philip Scearce*


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