2LT Leonard Hugo Weiler

2LT Leonard Hugo Weiler

Birth
Death 8 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot 53 Elm Jessamine Banks
Memorial ID 55070879 · View Source
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Lt. Leonard Hugo Weiler, U.S. A. A.'s death notice appears in the Times-Picayune, New Orleans, May 4, 1949, Page 2. He was killed in the service of his country in New Guinea. Former husband of Vera P. Ust. Son of Mathilda Geihofer and Berthold W. Weiler. Brother of Anna Mae Weiler. Aged 22 years. A native of New Orleans. Remains arrived Wednesday May 4, 1949.
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
2nd/Lt. Leonard H. Weiler KIA
Hometown: Orleans Parish, LA
Squadron: 400th 90th Bomb Group
Service# 0-673653
Awards:
Pilot 1st/Lt. Lewis G. Jones

Target: Reconnaissance mission
Mission Date: 15-Aug-43
Serial Number: #41-11903
Aircraft Model B-24D-CO
Aircraft Name: "Hells Angels"
Location: east of the Solomon Islands
Cause:Unknown

Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Hells Angels" (with quotations around the nickname) in white. The nose art was a bomb shaped like a devil with a pitch fork and forked tail an a downward angle. This B-24 was initially assigned to pilot Lt. Donald L. Kimber.

When lost, this B-24 had ten .50 caliber machine guns and two .30 caliber machine guns, serial numbers unknown. When lost, most of the crew aboard had joined the 400th Bombardment Squadron on January 6, 1943.

Mission History On August 15, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby on a reconnaissance mission over New Ireland and the Solomon Sea. Weather was reported as good visibility, believed to be fair weather with cumulus clouds. The last contacted by radio with this B-24 was received from this aircraft was sent at 1:16pm, "Seven ship convoy sighted 05.00 south 163.20 east, am attacking." When this B-24 failed to return, it was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

This coordinate in their last radio report, 05.00 south 163.20 east would place this B-24 east of the Solomon Islands. It is believe the longitude was stated or recorded in error and should have been 163° 20' east, about 40 miles southeast of Cape St. George on New Ireland and was on the route that they were to fly.

Search On August 16, 1943, B-24 piloted by 1st Lt. James B. Young searched the last reported position approximately midway between New Ireland and Buka Island with nil results. No further information about the missing B-24 was received.

Memorials The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 12, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Fie has a memorial marker at Evergreen Cemetery in George, Iowa.

#41-11706 Passengers and Crew
1st/Lt. Lewis G. Jones Pilot

"Hells Angels" crew
Frederick F. Gundrum Jr. Co Pilot
Frederick F. Gundrum Jr. Co Pilot
Edward B. Hult Navigator
Willard L. Churchill Engineer
Jack A. Strumph Radio Op.
Cpl. William A. Staley Clerk
Lt/Col. John C. Pearson Passenger
Major Ronald R. Barton-Tales Passenger
Lt/Col. Paul H. Berkowitz Passenger
Lt/Col. Euliss L. Duggan Passenger
Col. Charles P. Burnett Jr. Passenger
1st/Lt. Stephen J. Maliszewski Passenger
information given by 47171280
Lt. Leonard Hugo Weiler, U.S. A. A.'s death notice appears in the Times-Picayune, New Orleans, May 4, 1949, Page 2. He was killed in the service of his country in New Guinea. Former husband of Vera P. Ust. Son of Mathilda Geihofer and Berthold W. Weiler. Brother of Anna Mae Weiler. Aged 22 years. A native of New Orleans. Remains arrived Wednesday May 4, 1949.
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
2nd/Lt. Leonard H. Weiler KIA
Hometown: Orleans Parish, LA
Squadron: 400th 90th Bomb Group
Service# 0-673653
Awards:
Pilot
1st/Lt. Lewis G. Jones

Target: Reconnaissance mission
Mission Date: 15-Aug-43
Serial Number: #41-11903
Aircraft Model B-24D-CO
Aircraft Name: "Hells Angels"
Location: east of the Solomon Islands
Cause:Unknown

Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Hells Angels" (with quotations around the nickname) in white. The nose art was a bomb shaped like a devil with a pitch fork and forked tail an a downward angle. This B-24 was initially assigned to pilot Lt. Donald L. Kimber.

When lost, this B-24 had ten .50 caliber machine guns and two .30 caliber machine guns, serial numbers unknown. When lost, most of the crew aboard had joined the 400th Bombardment Squadron on January 6, 1943.

Mission History On August 15, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby on a reconnaissance mission over New Ireland and the Solomon Sea. Weather was reported as good visibility, believed to be fair weather with cumulus clouds. The last contacted by radio with this B-24 was received from this aircraft was sent at 1:16pm, "Seven ship convoy sighted 05.00 south 163.20 east, am attacking." When this B-24 failed to return, it was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

This coordinate in their last radio report, 05.00 south 163.20 east would place this B-24 east of the Solomon Islands. It is believe the longitude was stated or recorded in error and should have been 163° 20' east, about 40 miles southeast of Cape St. George on New Ireland and was on the route that they were to fly.

Search On August 16, 1943, B-24 piloted by 1st Lt. James B. Young searched the last reported position approximately midway between New Ireland and Buka Island with nil results. No further information about the missing B-24 was received.

Memorials The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 12, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Fie has a memorial marker at Evergreen Cemetery in George, Iowa.

#41-11706 Passengers and Crew
1st/Lt. Lewis G. Jones Pilot

"Hells Angels" crew
Frederick F. Gundrum Jr. Co Pilot
Frederick F. Gundrum Jr. Co Pilot
Edward B. Hult Navigator
Willard L. Churchill Engineer
Jack A. Strumph Radio Op.
Cpl. William A. Staley Clerk
Lt/Col. John C. Pearson Passenger
Major Ronald R. Barton-Tales Passenger
Lt/Col. Paul H. Berkowitz Passenger
Lt/Col. Euliss L. Duggan Passenger
Col. Charles P. Burnett Jr. Passenger
1st/Lt. Stephen J. Maliszewski Passenger


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: Kenneth & Carolyn
  • Added: 17 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55070879
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Leonard Hugo Weiler (14 Nov 1920–8 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55070879, citing Cypress Grove Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .