MSgt Stanley M. Lelonek

MSgt Stanley M. Lelonek

Birth
New York, USA
Death 27 Nov 1943 (aged 24–25)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56248466 · View Source
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Stanley served as a Master Sergeant, 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 18, 1943 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a oiler of machinery and also as Married.

The Rohna and four other troop ships left Oran in French Algeria with cargo and troops. Off Béjaïa, Algeria the convoy was attacked by an estimated 60 German Luftwaffe Heinkel 177's. One of the 177's, piloted by Hans Dochtermann, released a glide bomb that hit Rohna on her port side and she eventually sank.

1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 U.S. personnel. The attack is the largest loss of US troops at sea due to enemy action in a single incident. 35 U.S. troops of the 2,000 originally embarked later died of wounds.

Stanley was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32738559

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56248466
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MSgt Stanley M. Lelonek (1918–27 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248466, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .