Leslie H Latham

Leslie H Latham

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 17 Jul 1945 (aged 20–21)
Philippines
Burial Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot R, 0, 3
Military Flight Officer, U.S. Army Air Force
Memorial ID 904461 · View Source
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Leslie served as a Flight Officer & Co-Pilot on C-46D #44-77767, 63rd Squadron, 403rd Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in San Joaquin County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 16, 1943 in Sacramento, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building transportation equipment and also as Single, without dependents.

C-46D #44-77767 was transporting mail from Palawan Island to Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippines. They crashed into the east side of the highest peak at Del Monte Point, northwestern Mindoro Island. The entire crew of 6 and 2 passengers were lost on this mission.

Leslie was "Killed In Action" in the "Line Of Duty" in this crash during the war.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on November 9, 1949.

Service # T-007620

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on C-46D #44-77767:

Beasley, Robert E ~ S/Sgt, Crew Chief, MO
Gordon, Dean W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WI
Kaplan, Casimir J ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, NJ
Latham, Leslie H ~ FO, Co-Pilot, CA
Meitner, Harvey E ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Seebon, Edward L ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, OH
Tang, Don C ~ Corp, Passenger, AZ
Tyler, Paul J ~ T/Sgt, Passenger, OR

Corp. Tang served as a mail clerk on this mission. The reason there are 2 Co-Pilot's is more than likely because FO Latham, still ranked as a Flight Officer, was apparently still in training which was being provided by 2nd Lt. Meitner.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 904461
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leslie H Latham (1924–17 Jul 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 904461, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .