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Leroy A Carpenter Jr

Military

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Freelance mission to Kbely. A/C struck by flak while strafing Praha-Kbely airdrome, Czechoslovakia. When last heard from he was south of the airdrome at 2700’ steering 270°, his oil pressure at zero. Pilot Capt Leroy A Carpenter Jr KIA. 16-Apr-1945. MACR 14123.

Awards: AM (7 OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 44-63831

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Freelance mission to Kbely. A/C struck by flak while strafing Praha-Kbely airdrome, Czechoslovakia. When last heard from he was south of the airdrome at 2700’ steering 270°, his oil pressure at...

  • 44-13315 'Djigooblie II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Austin, Texas, USA 8 July 1918

Son of LeRoy Alfred and Bessie Lee [Dixson] Carpenter.

Lived in Austin, TX, USA 1940
Enlisted Texas, USA 1942
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 20 September 1944 – 16 April 1945

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1945
Died Herford, Germany 16 April 1945 – 16 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Freelance mission to Kbely. A/C struck by flak while strafing Praha-Kbely airdrome, Czechoslovakia. When last heard from he was south of the airdrome at 2700’ steering 270°, his oil pressure at zero. Pilot Capt Leroy A Carpenter Jr KIA. 16-Apr-45. MACR 14123.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2017 15:10:43 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14123 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 16:11:15 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=14123
https://www.fold3.com/image/29034218
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Carpenter&GSfn=LeR...

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 19:42:04 apollo11 Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, role and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Gary L. Fry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 14123 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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