WW2 U.S. Army Air Force -- P-40 Hero Pilot: Lt. John Leggett
315th FIGHTER SQUADRON, 324th FIGHTER GROUP, 12th USAAF
KIA Italy 16 APR 1944
Lt. Leggett received his Primary Flight Training at Tuscaloosa, AL; Basic Flight Training at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; Advanced Training at Craig Field, Selma, AL.
Lt. John Leggett was raised in NY and graduated from the Poughkeepsie, NY high school June 26, 1941 later moving with his family to Vermont.
He joined the USAAF in 1942 and was awarded his pilot certification on March 25, 1943.
He performed combat duty based out of Berrechid, North Africa and Naples, Italy flying a P-40.
While in Italy on a bombing/strafing run over Monte Cassino April 16, 1944, his plane was hit by artillery fire. He flew the plane safely to the safe zone at the Anzio beach area and jumped clear above the sea. Tragically while floating down in his chute, his plane above still spiraling down collided into him.
Lt. Leggett was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal posthumously.
His personal effects were later shipped to Kansas City Effects Bureau and than to Burlington VT after the war.
|Died||00042 Anzio, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy||16 April 1944|
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