Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for Staff Sergeant Quentin E. Lecker of the 322nd Bomb Group
researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.
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Killed in Action (KIA) in B-26B 41-18058 [ER:S] 322BG/450BS while serving as Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft was hit by flak on mission to Boulogne, France. Engine damaged by hit, aircraft flipped over and crashed into the English Channel. The 322nd was moved to the 9th AF Oct. 1943.
Staff Sergeant Quentin E. Lecker was born September 24, 1918. His next of kin were his wife, Helen Lecker, and his mother, Rosa Prater. He was from Daguscahonda, Pennsylvania. His remains were washed ashore 9 days later and he was initially buried by the Germans in the Eastern Cemetery of Boulogne, France. After the war his remains were repatriated to the United States and he now rests in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania.
Units served with
The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...
B-26B-4-MA 41-18058 [ER:S] was assigned to the 322BG/450BS at Andrews Field, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft was struck by flak over the target of the coastal defenses near Boulogne, France. The aircraft entered a spin, rolled on its back and crashed into...
9 September 1943
The coastal defenses along the French coast near Boulogne are the targets for 217 B-26s from: 322BG (54); 323BG (54); 386BG (55) and 387BG (54). These operational capacity of each of these Groups has been increased by 50%. 202 aircraft are effective on...
Military site : airfield
The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...
||24 September 1918
Staff Sergeant Quentin E. Lecker was born September 24, 1918. His next of kin were his wife, Helen Lecker, and his mother, Rosa Prater. He was from Daguscahonda, Pennsylvania.
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||9 September 1943
On September 9, 1943, while serving as a Engineer/Gunner on a B-26B 41-18958 of the 335th Bomb Group (M), 450th Bomb Squadron (M), his plane went down near the target of Boulogne, France. His remains were washed ashore in France 9 days later.
||Saint Marys, PA, USA
He is buried in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania.