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Sgt James Leroy Libby

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Sgt James Leroy Libby

  • Birth 15 Mar 1920 Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
  • Death 27 Nov 1944 Panama
  • Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Section 81, Site 229
  • Memorial ID 19390730

US Army Air Forces
World War II

On November 27, 1944, James Scott Hamilton and James Libby boarded a Beech C-45 Expeditor piloted by First Lieutenant David Davila . The three took off for what was to be a relatively short flight to another air base. As they attempted to fly through a thunderstorm, the plane's instruments failed, and they plummeted into the Panamanian forest, dying instantly. To look for the downed aircraft, the Army Air Corps deployed an average of fifteen aircraft simultaneously in the air from sunrise to sunset over two days, totaling more than five hundred hours in flight. But they were unable to locate the missing plane. Finally, the wreck was found by natives on December 1 near La Joya.

Parents: Herbert and Hortense (Emmons) Libby
Wife: Mabel (Foster) Libby
Siblings: Raymond Libby and Ida (Libby) Foster
Grandmother: Hortense (Libby) Wessenger
Uncles: Louis and Avon Libby


  • Created by: Sue Warner
  • Added: 15 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19390730
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt James Leroy Libby (15 Mar 1920–27 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19390730, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Sue Warner (contributor 46845334) .