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Leonard W Blednick

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed S of the Hoever, Luneberg, Germany area on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. On bale out signal, found that his chute and harness had the same fixing system, so was unable to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3555.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28678

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) - Aircraft was lost due to mechanical failure on 22-Mar-44 mission to bomb the BMW engine factory at Basdorf outside Berlin,Germany. Eight of the crew became POW's and one was killed because...

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, PA, USA 30 August 1919
Lived in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, USA 1941
Enlisted Pennsylvania, USA 16 July 1941
Assigned Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10, UK 1943 – 22 March 1944

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF.

Died Höver, 31319 Sehnde, Germany 22 March 1944

Shot down by fighters and crashed S of the Hoever, Luneberg, Germany area on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Höver, 31319 Sehnde, Germany 24 March 1944

Cemetery in Höver,
Germany

Buried Braddock, PA 15104, USA 1945

All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery,
Pittsburgh,
PA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 17:30:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=3555&Submit=Go
http://www.458bg.com/crew72dunlevie.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Blednick&GSfn=Leon...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3555 / MACR 3555, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 273 of the book LIBERAORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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