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Leland Phillips Molland


CO 308th FS 31st FG MTO
11 air kills (5 Spitfire MK VIII + 3 P-51B + 3 P-51D
P-51D s/n 44-13311 HL+C "O'Kaye"
KIA 5-16-1951 with the 49th FBW flying a T-33 on a weather recon mission.

Silver Star Service: Army Air Forces
Battalion: 308th Fighter Squadron
Division: 15th Air Force
Headquarters, 15th Air Force, General Orders No. 416 (1944)
SYNOPSIS: Major (Air Corps) Leland Phelps Molland (AFSN: 0-9572A), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Action during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army Air Forces.



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Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born North Dakota, USA 7 May 1919
Lived in Cass County, ND, USA 1942
Enlisted Fort Meade, Sturgis, SD 57785, USA 26 May 1942
Died Daegu, South Korea 16 May 1951

Lieutenant Colonel Molland was the pilot of a T-33A #49-988 with the Headquarters Squadron 49th Fighter Bomber Group. On May 16, 1951, while returning from a combat weather mission, on the aircraft's approach to Taegu Airfield #1 (K-2), it crashed into a mountain 12 miles southeast of Taegu, Korea.

Buried 20 December 1951

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 3, Site: 2263-A


Date Contributor Update
05 January 2022 23:45:53 fugari Changes to awards

Added back American Defense Medal which is correct

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 01:52:24 decwriter Changes to awards

Corrected to American Campaign Medal based on date of entry in 1942.

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2018 19:58:02 fugari Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, person associations and media associations

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