Leander F SchmidMilitary
Snippet from 93rd Bomb Group unit history - see https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/24962
On 10 January 1943 when 93rd was assigned to N. Africa to help defeat Rommel.
B-24D-1-CO 41-23665 'Big Dealer' had mission to La Galite (a small Mediterranean island off Tunisia). Crashed near Bir el Khamsa, Egypt. Crash may have been due to fuel shortage. 4 killed and 5 returned to action.
In Ted's Travelling Circus, reference is made that Schmidt was formerly a NY teacher and was retired by Timberlake as his mission requirements were met. Some reference is made on the web (Ploesti: The Great Air Battle) that Schmidt (also spelled as Schmid) was, with Timberlake, one of the 3 principle planners of the Ploesti raid.
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Schmidt, Leander entry deleted as both spelling exist in official records Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 62, Ted's Traveling Circus pp. 14, 50-51, 55 and picture on page 71
Entry in http://www.findagrave.com has Leander F. Schmid.