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2Lt Leon M Plagianos

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2Lt Leon M Plagianos

Birth
Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
8 Nov 1944 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial
Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Memorial ID
56302770 View Source

Leon M. Plagianos enlisted on 22 October 1941 at Camp Upton Yaphank in New York.
Prior to joining the service in 1941, Lt Plagianos was a credit supervisor and besides attending Lock Haven Junior High School and Pennsylvania State College, he graduated from New York Unviversity. His family moved to Plainfield in June 1944 from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Both his parents were born in Greece.

He was the bombardier of B-17 "Harf & Harf" on a mission to bomb Merseberg, Germany.
The Plane was returning on a "Recall" from a mission to Merseberg when it collided with another plane in the same formation and was cut in two by the rotating props of the other plane. The two pieces spun and fell away into the haze and clouds and crashed into the Channel.

The other plane that collided with them, A/C 44-8418, though damaged, left the formation and dropped down to look for survivors. They spotted a man in a Mae West and made several futile attempts at dropping a dinghie to him. They had to leave him and safely returned to Glatton. When Air-Sea Rescue arrived they found the dinghie but no one was in it. All crewmembers of 42-38064 died.

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Leon M. Plagianos enlisted on 22 October 1941 at Camp Upton Yaphank in New York.
Prior to joining the service in 1941, Lt Plagianos was a credit supervisor and besides attending Lock Haven Junior High School and Pennsylvania State College, he graduated from New York Unviversity. His family moved to Plainfield in June 1944 from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Both his parents were born in Greece.

He was the bombardier of B-17 "Harf & Harf" on a mission to bomb Merseberg, Germany.
The Plane was returning on a "Recall" from a mission to Merseberg when it collided with another plane in the same formation and was cut in two by the rotating props of the other plane. The two pieces spun and fell away into the haze and clouds and crashed into the Channel.

The other plane that collided with them, A/C 44-8418, though damaged, left the formation and dropped down to look for survivors. They spotted a man in a Mae West and made several futile attempts at dropping a dinghie to him. They had to leave him and safely returned to Glatton. When Air-Sea Rescue arrived they found the dinghie but no one was in it. All crewmembers of 42-38064 died.

https://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/en/american-war-cemetery-margraten-p/44926-plagianos-leon-m

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Entered the service from New York.


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  • Maintained by: blazen36
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56302770
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56302770/leon-m-plagianos: accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Leon M Plagianos (10 Feb 1917–8 Nov 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56302770, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands; Maintained by blazen36 (contributor 49893165) .