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Harlan W Leachman


Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Clay County, IN 31 July 1920

Son of J Lewis and Emma M [Sams-Brown] Leachman.

Enlisted Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 17 December 1941

Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana

Based Wattisham 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 31 October 1945

Honourable discharge

Died Peoria, Peoria County, IL 7 March 1989


Date Contributor Update
10 September 2021 13:27:22 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 13:11:22 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, unit associations and media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the 479th FG Yearbook, D790.G479, p 224