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John Churchill Leggett




  • Wilbur Somers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Squadron
  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

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Born Washington, North Carolina 26 June 1920
Enlisted Fort Bragg, North Carolina 13 February 1941
Combat Mission/Emergency Landing Foligno, Italy 22 February 1944

Leggett was flying as co-pilot when his pilot, Wilbur Somers, was hit in the forehead by flak, incapacitating him. Leggett took over control of the aircraft and was able to make an emergency landing at the base. Lt. Somers died later that day despite the crews best efforts.

Combat Mission/Emergency Landing Capodichino Airfield, Italy 13 May 1944

One ship – 6M – left
formation off Gaeta Point and went to Naples, Pilot Leggett, Co-pilot Jacobson, Bombardier Barnard,
Aerial Photographer Skipper. Lt. Leggett came in for a crash landing at Capodichino Airport and did a
superior job in making a belly landing. Lt. Jacobson was seriously wounded in both legs and Lt.
Barnard had a piece of flak go through his hand. Even in view of this Lt. Barnard administered first to
Lt. Jacobson all the way to Capodichino. The airplane was badly shot up and the whole crew remained
calm, cool and collected, showing outstanding merit under extreme circumstances. This was Lt.
Leggett's and Sgt. Strait's third emergency belly landing – enough said for any man....

Died Virginia Beach, Virginia 11 February 2006
Buried Williamsburg, Virginia 14 February 2006

Cedar Grove Cemetery
Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA Show Map
PLOT 1960 Addition SE


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2022 00:25:20 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
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