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 Irvin T. Landis

Irvin T. Landis

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Death 1941 (aged 24–25)
Burial Boyertown, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 100124830 · View Source
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Irwin T. Landis, son of piano tuner, Samuel Lands of 117 North Walnut Street, Boyertown was born in 1916, the youngest child of three children of Samuel and his wife Stella (Trout) Landis. His older sisters being Ruth T. Landis, a long time teacher in the Boyertown schools and Mary T. Landis who married Walter Sands of Boyertown. He graduated from Boyertown High school in 1933, and later attended Parks Air College in St. Louis, Missouri and was instructed by Boyertown pilot Henry Renninger in 1940. Landis got an army instructor's license in Baltimore, Maryland, where his Instructor Geary hailed him as the best pilot in this section. By 1935, Irwin purchased his first small plane for $900. He traded up, owning at one time 4 airplanes, which he housed at the Pottstown Air Port. His pride was his 4 seat passenger Waco plane, where he took hundreds of passengers for rides, both commercially and privately.Working at Boyertown's Fashion Hosiery Mill, Landis must have kept a close eye on the events in Europe. After special training in New Jersey, on April 13, 1941, he left Boyertown and his two planes at Pottstown Air Port. He flew to Philadelphia and from there took the train to Toronto Canada. He underwent rigorous examination by the Canadian Air Lines and secured the job with CAL. He and 13 other American pilots headed for Ontario where they took further training. Next the pilots boarded a Canadian transport at Newfoundland, headed for England. Their job would be to ferry British war planes from the assembly plants to combat zones.Shortly thereafter, as the pilots stood on the deck one night, it was Irwin who called out a warning as he saw a torpedo, shot from a German submarine, heading for their ship. The torpedo hit its target and in the resulting catastrophe, Irwin disappeared. A surviving pilot stated the last words from Irwin were "Well, boys, here they come."His parents were notified on May 6th, by the Canadian Admiralty that their son, Irwin, age 25, was among 122 "believed lost at sea." Irwin's name was later engraved on a plaque at the Canadian Parliament building, where it remains to this day


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  • Created by: Mike O
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100124830
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Irvin T. Landis (1916–1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100124830, citing Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Mike O (contributor 46957759) .