Son of Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Bennett of Peoria, Illinois.
Husband of Grace Kelly Bennett of Annapolis, Maryland. They were married in March of 1940.
Leonard served as a Staff Sergeant and Gunner on B-24J (#44-40929), 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on January 11, 1943.
He resided in Peoria County, Illinois prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 28, 1941, prior to the war, in Peoria, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the printing trade and also as Single, without dependents.
B-24J #44-40929 took off from Morotai Island on a bombing mission to Miri. During this mission it was believed that this B-24 was hit by enemy flak causing them to crash in Indonesia during the war.
Leonard was "Killed In Action" in this crash.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in Manila, Philippine Islands and was later repatriated here on January 16, 1950.
Service # 16018853
The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.
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Crew who perished on B-24J (#44-40929):
Bennett, Leonard C, S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Harrison, Fred K, 1st Lt, Navigator, LA
Hanan, Roy E, T/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Hinton, J. W., LTC, Pilot, TX
Hritz, Henry J, T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Jones, Robert M, 1st Lt, Bombardier, VT
Patrick, Herbert N. F., 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Podewils, Robert H, S/Sgt, Asst. Radio-Op, NY
Shea, Francis E, S/Sgt, Gunner, KS
Westlund, George H, S/Sgt, Asst Engineer, MN
Wong, Thomas Y., Sgt, Gunner, NY
Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!
SSGT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
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