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Leonard Witkin


Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Aachen in B-24 'Flak Magnet' #4250596



  • Thomas Kay

    Military | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 7/8/44. Flew 35 missions. Commissioned 10/3/44. Completed tour 11/21/44. DS/Belgium 11/30/44. Trans 70 RD 12/5/44. Home for leave 12/16/44.

  • Edward Lehnhausen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/16/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 10/18/44 (Leverkusen). Plane was B-24 'Flak Magnet' #4250596 ...

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron



  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 639

    18 September 1944

  • 647

    25 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 659

    2 October 1944

  • 662

    3 October 1944

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Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born New York State 3 September 1921
44th BG Combat Tour Shipdham, UK 5 September 1944 – 18 October 1944

15 Combat Missions

Killed in Action (KIA) 4364 TB Buttinge, Netherlands 18 October 1944
Buried East Farmingdale, NY, USA October 1949

Wellwood Cemetery
East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 02:05:32 466thHistorian Changes to awards, events, person associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9654 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database