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Leroy Adolph Schreiber

Military

Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return 'Jackpot' to Flensburg in P-47 43-25577; hit by flak strafing A/D, crashed near Flensburg Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4185

Awards: DSC, DFC (4OLC), AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

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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. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-74660

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 406FS, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 5-Jul-44. Ran short of fuel over north sea, abandoned by pilot Lt Arlington Canizares Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6618.

  • 43-25577

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-22537

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Plymouth, MA 13 December 1917
Based Boxted 1943 – 15 April 1944

Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awarded DSC Boxted, UK 20 February 1944

SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Leroy A. Schreiber (ASN: 0-401242), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 62d Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 February 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date as Captain Schreiber shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Schreiber's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)

Action Date: 20-Feb-44

Died Vicinity of Flensburg, Germany 15 April 1944

Failed to Return 'Jackpot' to Flensburg in P-47 43-25577; hit by flak strafing A/D, crashed near Flensburg Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4185

Buried 1946

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neupre, Belgium
Plot C Row 1 Grave 45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2019 17:18:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28654062
https://www.fold3.com/record/529859090-leroy-a-schreiber
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_schreiber_l_a.php
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1624
http://www.militaryhallofhonor.com/honoree-record.php?id=316375
https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/37721/Schreiber-Leroy-A.htm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56360781/leroy-adolph-schreiber

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 10:54:38 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events
Sources

spitfirepilot.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4185 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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