2Lt. Kenneth Eugene Lebl

2Lt. Kenneth Eugene Lebl

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Jun 1944 (aged 23)
Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56350092 · View Source
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AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
World War II Honor Roll
Kenneth E. Lebl
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # O-710284
862nd Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered the Service from: Illinois
Died: 6-Jun-44
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

PARTIAL ENLISTMENT INFORMATION:

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 16135223
NAME LEBL#KENNETH#E##########
RESIDENCE: STATE ILLINOIS
RESIDENCE: COUNTY COOK
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT CHICAGO ILLINOIS
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 05
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 10
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION AC# Air Corps
DEFER. DATE MONTH 44
DEFER. DATE YEAR 43
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL Civil Life
NATIVITY ILLINOIS
YEAR OF BIRTH 21
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION Accountants and auditors
MARITAL STATUS Single, without dependents

PARENTS:

Jerry C. Lebl
Estella (Stella) Schultz

Maternal Grandparents:

Frank Schultz
Marie Schultz

About his death
Kenneth Lebl was a crew member (navigator) in a Liberator B-24. He was part of the aircraft with serial number 42-94789 which was nicknamed "Moby Dick".
The aircraft took part in the first mission from the 862nd Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group (Heavy), also nicknamed "Heltons Hellcats". That first mission took place on June 6, 1944 and their target was to bomb Lisieux (France), but the thick clouds prevented all 36 Liberators to drop their bombs so they returned with them.
Around 10h28 at about 11.000 feet above the Channel the "Moby Dick" collided with another Liberator B-24, nicknamed "No Love No Nothin" with serial number 44-40471. The "No Love No Nothin" appeared to have hit the tail of the "Moby Dick". Both planes disappeared in the overcast and crashed into sea.
Lt. Donald Russell was the pilot of the B-24 in which Kenneth Lebl was a crew member. All 10 crew members died in the crash. In the "No Love No Nothin" 9 were killed, 1 became a POW.
(http://www.nicksbattlefieldtrips.com/eng/graf6.php)


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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Illinois - See Memorial # 113796156 - CENOTAPH

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  • Maintained by: Linkert
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56350092
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt. Kenneth Eugene Lebl (29 Apr 1921–6 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56350092, citing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Linkert (contributor 48110655) .