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Leo R Kisamore


Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). He died of a Flak burst between the pilot and copilot on April 7, 1943, ferrying B17 42-29651 'Stella Maris' from Marrakech to Cornwall, encountered enemy fire. Landed near Dorset. Crew was safe.
52 years later - thanks to the efforts of his widow Kay Kisamore Manning - Leo Kisamore was awarded his DFC at a ceremony at March AFB. CA.

He completed 2 missions before being Killed in Action (KIA) on his third.

DFC, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29677 BATTLIN' B

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Stephenville, Nfd, 12/4/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 20/4/43; Missing in Action Heligoland 15/5/43 with Alden...


Event Location Date
Born Cumberland, Maryland 27 February 1921
Killed in Action (KIA) 15 May 1943
Died 15 May 1943
Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margratan, The Netherlands (Wall of the Missing)


Date Contributor Update
28 December 2020 11:18:45 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes Oct '95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:29 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16060 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp 101-2, 122; First Over Germany page 115;