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Sgt Leo P Desjardins

Sgt Leo P Desjardins

Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 28 Feb 1944 (aged 20)
Burial Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 127526577 · View Source
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Age 20

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Desjardins.

Leo served as a Sergeant & Gunner on B-24H (#42-52645), 357th Bomber Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 14, 1942 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of boots and shoes and also as Single, without dependents.

Leo died in the "Line Of Duty" as a result of an airplane crash, due to engine failure, near Fortaleza, Brazil during the war.

Service # 11083731

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


Airmen who gave their all on B-24H (#42-52645):

Bassett, Thomas M ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Florida
Beatty, James H ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, New York
Brock, William M, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, Oklahoma
Davis, William D ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Colorado
Desjardins, Leo P ~ Sgt, Gunner, New Hampshire
Epley, Kelly L, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, Tennessee
Hill, Homer E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, California
Roby, Jack Z ~ Sgt, Gunner, Oklahoma
Shipe, William C, Jr ~ Sgt, Gunner, Maryland
Wear, Robert D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Kansas

Crew Report by:
Tim Cook

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Below article submitted by:
Eric Ackerman

News Article:

Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, New Hampshire, April 1, 1948, Pages 1 & 11:


Bodies of two more of Nashua's World War II heroes dead, Sgt. Leo P. Desjardins, US Army Air Force and EM 3-c Allan G. Nute, were reported to have arrived in San Francisco, Calif., yesterday aboard the Army Transport Honda Knot.

Sgt. Desjardins, an aerial gunner and son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Desjardins of 6 D st, was killed as a result of an airplane crash near Fortaleza, Brazil, Feb. 28, 1944, at the age of 20.

He was born in Nashua, Sept. 15, 1923 and was graduated from Nashua High school in 1941. Until he entered the Armed Forces, he was employed at the J.F. McElwain company.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Desjardins, two brothers, Ralph and Raymond Desjardins, both of this city, two sisters, Mrs. Viateur Tremblay and Miss Margaret Desjardins, both of Nashua; his grandmother, Mrs. David Desjardins of Canada, several aunts and uncles.

Electrican's Mate Third Class Nute, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Nute of East Dunstable rd, was killed aboard the USS Barnegat, airplane tender, off Galapagos Islands in the Pacific, Oct. 26, 1945, at the age of 20.

He was born in Nashua Sept. 26, 1925 and entered the service prior to graduating with the Nashua High school class of 1944. The family received his High school diploma that June.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nute; a twin sister, Miss Alice G. Nute, and sisters Miss Marion Nute and Mrs. Edward Colburn, all of this city, a half-sister, Mrs. Peter Constantine of Milford, a half-brother, Rowe Kimball, US Army, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Davis funeral home will have charge of arrangements. The service will probably be held in the Main st Methodist church.

For Alan Gardner Nute's record,
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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 6 Apr 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127526577
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Leo P Desjardins (15 Sep 1923–28 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127526577, citing Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .