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Leonard Roy Henlin


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3436. Killed in Action (KIA).
Buried at Margraten American Cemetery The Netherlands Plot B Row 21 Grave 26
He is supposed to being killed in mid air on his gun position (waist left) by enemy action (Crawford in MACR 1034).
Born on April 13th 1911, from Smithfield in Providence County, Rhode Island, where he also enlisted on September 4 1942. With his 32 years Henlin was the senior of this crew.
Prior to entering the service he worked as a spinner at the Esmond Mills, and played base ball with the Greenville Townies. Mr Henlin received his training at Army Air Bases in Nebraska, Washington and Long Beach, California.

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3436

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 109 with RAF

    4 October 1943
    3 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to join a night mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Frankfurt-am-Main/Wiesbaden, Germany. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 5POW.

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Eygelshoven

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Esmond, Rhode Island, USA 13 April 1911
Killed in Action (KIA) Eygelshoven Netherlands 14 October 1943
Died 14 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 20:30:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2020 12:05:47 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography

wim slangen

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24 April 2018 15:45:21 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography

Wim Slangen

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30 December 2017 22:44:24 wimhm.slangen Changes to place associations

wim slangen

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16 August 2016 12:34:25 wimhm.slangen Changes to media associations

Wim Slangen / Mrs Shirley Henlin

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16 August 2016 12:31:10 wimhm.slangen Changes to middlename, biography, events and mission associations

Wim Slangen

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29 March 2016 23:04:57 rino62 Changes to mission associations

American Battle Monuments Commission website

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29 March 2016 21:58:21 rino62 Changes to biography

US Cemetery Margraten

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29 March 2016 21:56:10 rino62 Changes to service number and awards

National Archives & Records Administration

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29 March 2016 21:38:02 rino62 Changes to biography

US Military Cemetery

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27 September 2014 18:18:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database