Jesse Ledbetter

– Asheville, NC
B-24 Liberator Pilot, 485th Bomb Group

From May 13 to August 22, 1944, Ledbetter was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber. Operating out of southern Italy Ledbetter led 50 bombing missions against heavily defended Nazi targets.Even though he and his crew of ten were never shot down, they had several close calls, surviving German anti-aircraft gunfire and flak-filled skies. His plane was hit several times, crew members were wounded and engines were lost. Ledbetter was back in the U.S. training on B-29s and anticipating an invasion of Japan when the war ended.