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Leo Kirschner

Military

Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. 25 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11925.

Awards: AM (9OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Benjamin Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 410th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. Killed in Action ...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-182

    A-20 Havoc
    Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to Bombay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. [3 x KIA] MACR 11925. ...

Associated Place

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, PA, USA 1924

Son of William and Honora Kirschner.

Lived in Philadelphia County, PA, USA 1942
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 20 April 1942
Based Gosfield 1944 – 22 January 1945

Assigned to 647BS, 410BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Trier, Germany 22 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Gerolstein RR Bridge. Took direct flak hit to bomb bay, fell out of formation in flames, one chute seen to emerge before A/C hit ground and exploded. 22-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11925.

Buried May 1945

Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2017 13:42:01 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
28 April 2017 13:01:06 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55963131

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