SSgt Leonard P “Thomas” Hager

SSgt Leonard P “Thomas” Hager

Birth
West Virginia, USA
Death 28 Dec 1943 (aged 26–27)
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
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Leonard P Hager was the son of Gilbert Hager and Sarah Smith Hager. Leonard had a sister, Florida Hager, and five brothers: Clark Hager, Joseph Hager, John Hager, Victor Hager, and Mitchell Hager.

According to a MACR filed in 1943, S/Sgt Leonard Hagar was assigned to the 15th Air Force, 376th Bomb Group, 512th Bomb Squadron during WWII. S/Sgt Hagar was a crew member on a B-24D Serial Number 42-40658. The crew of ten men departed San Pancrazio Italy to fly a high altitude bombing mission over Vincenza Italy. S/Sgt Hagar was the assistant radio operator on the mission.

The plane was badly damaged by fighter rocket and cannon fire. Some crew members were killed on the plane before it crashed.

Some crew members were able to bail out (armorer gunner S/Sgt Romeo Giagnoni, co-pilot Lt Albert Matthai, navigator Lt Norman Troxell, bombardier Capt Ward Walker, engineer T/Sgt Peter Stiles, and radio operator William Butler).

Four crew members (pilot Thomas Haigh, tail gunner S/Sgt Joseph A Kerschner, asst. engineer Pvt Winston Ivey, and S/Sgt Hagar) were killed either on the plane or when it crashed near Padua Italy on 28 Dec 1943.

According to the Individual Casuality Questionnaire crew member S/Sgt Romeo Giagnoni reported, "Sgt Hagar was trying to get Pvt Ivey into his chute while the ship was going down".


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S SGT 512 BOMB SQ 376 BOMB GP(H) OHIO

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Ohio.
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