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Leonardo F Davies

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44 in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa'; A/C hit by flak behind ball turret. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Dana Lenkeit

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4230855 'Ol' Massa'. Killed in Action (KIA). Dana M Lenkeit may also have served with the 750th Bomb Squadron of the 457th Bomb Group.

  • Stuart Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD. Mission to Osnabruck 22-Dec-43; 42-37835 'Channel Express', baled out of severely battle damaged A/C. Landed with co-pilot on home base. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


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

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30855 "Ol' Massa"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio...

  • 42-37835 'Channel Express'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 16/9/43; Gt Falls 21/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 5/11/43; on return from Osnabruck was hit by bomb from above and abandoned 22/12/43 with Stuart Smith, Co-pilot: Stan Chmuro, Navigator: Vic Reese,...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York State 1919
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 26 September 1941
Based Deenethorpe November 1943 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hesepe, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44 in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa'; A/C hit by flak behind ball turret. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586

Buried Achmer, Germany 9 May 1944

Interred
Achmer cemetery
Grave #76

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot K Row 1 Grave 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 20:06:49 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310770930?rec=299534767
https://www.fold3.com/record/529880522-leonardo-f-davies
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=410
https://www.abmc.gov/node/533467
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55881439/leonardo-f-davies

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 19:47:20 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310770930?rec=299534767
https://www.fold3.com/record/529880522-leonardo-f-davies
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=410
https://www.abmc.gov/node/533467
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55881439/leonardo-f-davies

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4586 / MACR 4586, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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