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Frank M Leonard


Shot down during bombing mission over Brunswick, Germany 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37856 'Fancy Nancy III'. Prisoner of War (POW).



  • Ronald Rohner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Son of Walter and Arlene Rohner; brother of Kathleen. Enlisted in the US Army, National Guard, on March 3, 1941 at Camp Flint in Auburn, California. He was attending Placer Junior College at the time but withdrew when the Guard became an active part of...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron
  • 613th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37856 'Fancy Nancy III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/9/43; Scott 7/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-B] Deenethorpe 23/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ron Rohner, Navigator: Stan Johnson, Bombardier: Emil Smetana, Radio Operator: John Morreale, Ball turret gunner: Ken...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born South Amboy, NJ, USA 21 April 1918
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 24 September 1942
Shot Down/Captured 38154 Beienrode, Germany 30 January 1944
POW Barth, Germany February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I

Died 25 December 1991
Buried Branchville, NJ, USA 28 December 1991

Branchville Cemetery
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA


Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 22:25:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2017 13:56:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography and unit associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 2276;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces,;
- 466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2016 01:58:28 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:08 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 2276 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database