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Leonard L. Dechant
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1919
Death: Jan. 22, 1943
Cornwall, England

Co Pilot 2nd/Lt. Leonard L. Dechant KIA
Hometown: California
Squadron: 2nd Anti-Submarine Squadron 479th AS Group
Service# O-726340
Pilot 2nd/Lt. George O. Broussard Jr. KIA

Date Lost: 22-Jan-43
Serial Number: #41-24019
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: Cornwall England
Cause: Fog - Weather Crew OF 10 KIA

Returning from a mission this ship and crew crashed into a cliff 2 miles east of Harland Point. No survivors.

Based in St Eval the 2nd Anti-Submarine Squadron primary role was to provided anti-submarine and anti-shipping patrols off the south west coast. Aircraft from the airfield were also used for photographic reconnaissance missions, meteorological flights, convoy patrols, air-sea rescue missions and protection of the air field from the Luftwaffe. The 2d Antisubmarine Squadron arrived in January 1943 forming the 1st Antisubmarine Group (Provisional) with specialized long-range Liberator bombers equipped with RADAR and other submarine detection equipment. From St. Eval, the squadrons flew killer hunts against German U-Boats in the Bay of Biscay.

Crew of 41-24019
2nd/Lt. George O. Broussard Jr. Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Leonard L. Dechant Co Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Robert L. Shedden Navigator KIA
2nd/Lt. Elliott E. Stone Bombardier KIA
T/Sgt. Grant L. Craig Engineer KIA
T/Sgt. Bernard F. Hickman Radio Op. KIA
T/Sgt. Harold Kaplan Gunner KIA
T/Sgt. Frank Kozjak Jr. Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. George M. Shaheen Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Louis A. Nagy Gunner 
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: K, 88
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3567452
Leonard L. Dechant
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Leonard L. Dechant
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Second Lieutenant and Co-pilot of B-24D # 41-24019 of the 2nd Anti Submarine Squadron.
- Bob Markham
 Added: Jun. 25, 2008

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