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2LT Leonard L. Dechant

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2LT Leonard L. Dechant

  • Birth 15 Jul 1919 Alameda County, California, USA
  • Death 22 Jan 1943 Cornwall, England
  • Burial San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
  • Plot K, 88
  • Memorial ID 3567452

US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
Co Pilot 2nd/Lt. Leonard L. Dechant KIA
Hometown: California
Squadron: 2nd Anti-Submarine Squadron 479th AS Group
Service# O-726340
Awards:
Pilot 2nd/Lt. George O. Broussard Jr. KIA

Target:
MACR
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


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3567452
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Leonard L. Dechant (15 Jul 1919–22 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3567452, citing Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .