SSgt Leo J Eilts

Birth
Jefferson County, Nebraska, USA
Death 13 Feb 1943 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56787916 · View Source
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Leo served as a Staff Sergeant & Asst. Engineer / Gunner on B-24D #41-23980, 424th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Sioux County, Nebraska prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 18, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Douglas, Utah. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Manager and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23980 was 1 of 6 B-24's that took off from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Solomon Islands on a bombing mission to attack enemy ships in the Shortland Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands & Buin, Bougainville Province, Papua New Guinea area.

Over Shortland Harbor they were hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and crashed. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

Leo was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 39679465

Leo also has a "Cenotaph" in the Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery, Gladstone, Nebraska.
( see family links )

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23980:

Barton, Theodore ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Battersby, Hiram E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Beaupre, Elmer J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Boyer, Elbert H ~ Sgt, Gunner, MI
Eilts, Leo J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NE
Meigs, Hiram W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, AL
Radford, George G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, ID
Stearns, William A ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Trager, George K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56787916
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Leo J Eilts (22 Aug 1918–13 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56787916, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .