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US Navy Lieutenant William Thies (pilot, VP-41) and Captain Leslie Gehres (Commander, Fleet Air Wing 4) standing in front of ThiesCommodore Leslie Gehres standing at attention while Vice Admiral Jack Fletcher presents him with the Legion of Merit award, Adak, Alaska, 19 Jan 1944. Photo 1 of 2.
US Navy Lieutenant William Thies (pilot, VP-41) and Captain Leslie Gehres (Commander, Fleet Air Wing 4) standing in front of Thies' PBY Catalina aircraft, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 1942Commodore Leslie Gehres standing at attention while Vice Admiral Jack Fletcher presents him with the Legion of Merit award, Adak, Alaska, 19 Jan 1944. Photo 1 of 2.
Commodore Leslie Gehres standing at attention while Vice Admiral Jack Fletcher presents him with the Legion of Merit award, Adak, Alaska, 19 Jan 1944. Photo 2 of 2.Commodore Leslie Gehres, commander of Fleet Air Wing Four, posing after being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Adak, Alaska, mid-1944.
Commodore Leslie Gehres standing at attention while Vice Admiral Jack Fletcher presents him with the Legion of Merit award, Adak, Alaska, 19 Jan 1944. Photo 2 of 2.Commodore Leslie Gehres, commander of Fleet Air Wing Four, posing after being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Adak, Alaska, mid-1944.
Portrait of Commodore Leslie Gehres sitting at his desk as commander of Fleet Air Wing Four, Adak, Alaska, mid-1944.US Navy Commodore Leslie Gehres, commander of Fleet Air Wing 4 in the Aleutians (with his back to the PBY Catalina airplane), making introductions of newly arriving officers at Attu, Alaska, 1944.
Portrait of Commodore Leslie Gehres sitting at his desk as commander of Fleet Air Wing Four, Adak, Alaska, mid-1944.US Navy Commodore Leslie Gehres, commander of Fleet Air Wing 4 in the Aleutians (with his back to the PBY Catalina airplane), making introductions of newly arriving officers at Attu, Alaska, 1944.
Commodore Leslie Gehres inspecting a PV-1 Ventura of Bombing Squadron VB-139 after a belly landing on Attu Island, Alaska, 18 May 1944. Note the Marsden Matting runway surface
Commodore Leslie Gehres inspecting a PV-1 Ventura of Bombing Squadron VB-139 after a belly landing on Attu Island, Alaska, 18 May 1944. Note the Marsden Matting runway surface
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