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Leon C Packer

Military

2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 #41-23674. Later on April 16, 1943 Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 #41-23847, "Yardbird", with all but one crew member surviving.

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  • Parkman Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 16 April 1943 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing at the RAF station of Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. All crewmembers, including Pilot Leon C. Packer, survived on B-24 #41-23674. ...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23874 "Ball of Fire Junior"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 41-23674

    B-24 Liberator
    329BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk. Pilot: Packer, Leon C. Notes: landing accident. Location: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage). ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 21:14:59 awgaster Changes to biography
Sources

National Archives Washington DC

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2020 20:28:01 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 51, 105 , Ted's Travelling Circus by Stewart p. 94, WWII memorial web site entry by daughter

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