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Leonard M Banther Jr


Shot down 12 September 1944 in B-17 #43-38308, Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38308

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 29/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-A] Debach 11/8/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 12/9/44 with Capt Wes Carter, Co-pilot: Ivan Briggs, Radio Operator: Bob Bandfield, Waist gunner: Ernie Musser,Tail...


Event Location Date
Born Wichita, Kansas
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 September 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16


Date Contributor Update
03 September 2020 02:43:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

Added POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added a connection to the A/C #43-38308 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:38 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Helton s Hellcats, A Pictorial History of the 493rd BG, pub 1998; MACR 8868,