Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 11073297
6th Photographic Group
Entered the Service from: Connecticut
Awards: Purple Heart
Son of Solomon and Rose (Rubin) Diamond of New York City. His parents were both born in Russia.
In the 1925 New York state census 4-year-old Leonard is living with his parents and brothers Herbert 12, and Fred 9, at 1414 Bryant Parkway in New York City, Bronx County, NY. His father is a photographer.
In the 1930 census 9-year-old Leonard is living with his parents and brothers Herbert 17, and Fred 14, at 1945 Davidson Ave., in the Bronx, NY. His father is a salesman for a retail stationary store. Brother Herbert is a clerk at a hotel.
Leonard’s mother died 24 Apr 1935. Leonard’s father died 26 Sep 1939 in New York City.
In the 1940 census 19-year-old Leonard is living with his brother Fred at 4719 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn. New York. Leonard and Fred are both professional photographers.
On his 1940 draft registration Leonard lists his home address as 47 Garden Street in Hartford. His employer is Associated Photoflash Co., at 252 Asylum Street in Hartford. His next of kin was his brother, Fred.
The NARA WWII casualty listings for New York show Diamond, Leonard, S Sgt from Kings County as killed in action 22 May 1944. Sgt Diamond, a photographer on F-7A Liberator #42-73052 “Under Exposed” of the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron of the 6th Photographic Group crashed into Mount Wilhelm CFIT (Controlled Flight into Terrain) on Papua, New Guinea at 4:00 am on 22 May 1944.
On May 22, 1944 during the early morning took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 1st Lt Loren G. Barstow as one of three F-7s on a photographic mapping mission over Padaidori Island. This was pilot Barstow's second combat mapping mission. Ten minutes after take off, this B-24 observed circling to the northwest of Nadzab over the Markham Valley at an altitude of about 5,000'. At approximately 4:00am, this F-7 crashed into Mount Wilhelm at an altitude of 13,000' killing the entire crew. When this aircraft failed to return it was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the crash, Ralph Bowley, 20th CMS intelligence officer trekked to the crash site and recovered the remains of the crew to Nadzab for burial at Nadzab Cemetery.
Pilot 1st Lt Loren G. Barstow, O-675387 (KIA, BR) MI
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Jack S. Connor, O-729317 (KIA) King County, WA
Navigator 2nd Lt Douglas H. Puck, O-734599 (KIA, BR) MN
Engineer S/Sgt Edwin R. Maillie, 17071379 (KIA) Oelwein, IA
Radio S/Sgt Harold M. Valentine, 34029885 (KIA, BR) LA
Photographer S/Sgt Leonard Diamond, 11073297 (KIA) CT
Gunner Sgt John W. Schmitt, 14085521 (KIA) WA
Gunner Sgt George M. Harvey, 13088758 (KIA) Westmoreland County, PA
Gunner Sgt Stephen J. Boudreaux, 38380560 (KIA) Orleans Parish, LA
Gunner S/Sgt Luis Degollado, 18057572 (KIA) Webb County, TX
Gunner S/Sgt George Dick, 33245475 (KIA, BR) East Freedom, PA