|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1913|
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1942|
He was the son of Raymond Barrett Leland and Carolyn J (Custer) Leland. He attended San Jose High School, as well as West Point, class of 1937.
Major Leland was the pilot of a B-25C bomber assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 11th Bombardment Squadron. On June 3, 1942 he lead a flight of six B-25s from Dinjan, India to attack Lashio, Burma and then proceed over the Himalayas to a base in Kunming, China. The raid on Lashio was successful and the flight withdrew on course to Kunming at 10,000 feet in a thick overcast. Suddenly, Leland's and two other planes crashed into the side of a mountain. The others barely missed hitting the ground after pulling up sharply.
Leland received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.
Note: Entered the service from California.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: dfr
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56756415
Leland received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.|
Rita & Lee Gordon
Added: Jan. 28, 2013
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