Leach, Kenneth (NMI)

Individual Personnel Data
Name Leach, Kenneth (NMI)   
Rank Private / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 15339125   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #126 dated 23 October 1943
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 4 March 1944
Reported missing on MACR 2739 (12.108 MB)
Results Evaded Capture
See Escape and Evasion Report Number 677 (4.052 MB)
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #128 dated 25 October 1943.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty to Moulsford Manor, Berkshire (a Flak house) on 15 February 1944 per 547th Bomb Squadron Morning report dated 15 February 1944.
  • Promoted to Technical Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #103 dated 3 June 1944.
Related Documents MACR 2739 (12.108 MB)
E&E Report 677 (4.052 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. LaSeur, William VerylePilotINT
2nd Lt. Lovvorn, Hollie RayCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Kazmerski, John ThomasNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Fleenor, Charles Thurman, "Chuck"BombardierPOW
S/SGT. Schwarz, James CorneliusRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Wilson, Gerald EugeneEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Miller, Robert LeeBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Taylor, Homer WilliamTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Fernandez, Severino JeanFlexible GunnerEV
PVT. Leach, Kenneth (NMI)Flexible GunnerEV

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 19 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31073 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31073 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
37 26 November 1943 Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31073 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead group. Aborted with #2 and #4 engines running rough.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24578 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Turned back over the North Sea (43°46'N,6°55'E) at 1247 hrs; #4 engine leaking oil badly, #3 supercharger inoperative at 20,000 ft, #2 prop ran away (split oil line) and had to be feathered. Attacked target of opportunity.
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37801 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 41‑24525 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
52 11 January 1944 Target: Ju-88 Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Tail Gunner 42‑39809 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group low squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron deputy, high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑31606. High squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31606 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. Left formation at 1156 hrs right after bombs away going down under control, apparently in good condition and covered by friendly fighters; damaged by flak, crashed about 15 km northwest of Amiens, France. MACR 2739.
Sortie Report

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