389th BG Missing Air Crew Report Details USAAF MACR#: 2502 Date Lost: 13-Nov-43 Serial Number: 42-72875 Aircraft Model B-24D-165-CO Aircraft Letter: K Aircraft Name: LADY LIBERTY? Squadron: 564th BS Location: Janneby, Germany Cause: Mid-Air Collision
42-72875 B-24 Liberator, 564 BS 389 BG. Member of the Peterson Crew were:
Lt. Norval Oscar Peterson, Pilot. 1Lt. Leroy Raymond Bossetti, Co-Pilot, KIA. 2Lt. Eugene F. McKeon, Navigator. 2Lt. Hayes Harman, Jr., Bombardier, KIA. TSgt. Haskell W. Wright, Top Turret Gunner, KIA. TSgt. Francis C. McClanahan, Radio Operator, KIA. SSgt. William F. Brooks, Ball Turrett Gunner, KIA. SSgt. Kenneth B. Pierson, Left Waist Gunner, KIA. SSgt. James R. Yarbrough, Right Waist Gunner, KIA. SSgt. Charles . Openlander, Tail Gunner, KIA.
Local Rites For Leroy Bossetti, Liberator Pilot Son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Bossetti, Milan-rd, Lost Life In Europe on Nov. 13, 1943.
Solemn funeral services will be conducted here Saturday for First Lieut Leroy Raymond Bossetti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Bossetti, Milan-rd, whose body is being brought to this country from overseas for final interment. The body will arrive in Sandusky Thursday at 4:51 p.m. (dst) over the New York Central Railroad from Chicago. Friends may call at the Charles J. Andres Sons' Funeral home after 7 p.m. Thursday, where services will be at 8:15 a.m. Saturday and followed by a solemn high funeral mass at SS Peter and Paul Church at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Lieut. Bossetti who enlisted July 20, 1941, after being graduated from Sandusky High school with the June class of that year, was killed in action on Nov. 13, 1943, in the European theater of operations. He was pilot of a Liberator bomber. Survivors include the parents; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Samaritoni of Sandusky, Mrs. Frank Muscetta of Marietta, and Miss Lenna Bossetti, at home; two brothers, Louis and Clement, Jr., both of Sandusky; two uncles, Sebastian Foski of Vermilion, and Peter Bossetti of Columbus, and several cousins. Lieutenant Bossetti was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, and a member of the Italian-American Beneficial Club. He formerly was a Boy Scout. He had worked with his father at the Art Terrazo and Tile Co., and had been employed at the Plum Brook ordnance works prior to his enlistment. After enlisting in 1941, he was sent to Columbus and then to Kelly Field, Texas. From that field, he was sent to the Parks Air College, St. Louis, and followed with another course at the Enid, Oklahoma Air School. After training at Pampa, Texas, he graduated from the Pampa Air School and received his wings. At the Davis Monthan Field at Tucson, Arizona, Lieut. Bossetti received training in flying four motor bombers. From Salina, Kansas, he transferred to New York. Lieut Bossetti was then sent to England and Africa, and then returned to England. (Sandusky Register-Star, Sandusky, OH, Wednesday, June 8, 1949, p. 1, Col. 2, Continued p. 8, Col. 4)
See also: Sandusky Register Star-News, Sandusky, OH, Friday, January 21, 1944, p. 1, Col. 5-6, Continued p. 8, Col. 3, "Lieut. Leroy Bossetti Gave His Life In European Area".