Poulsen, Leonard Irvin

Individual Personnel Data
Name Poulsen, Leonard Irvin   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 37533708   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #226 dated 15 November 1944
Duty Ball Turret Gunner / Togglier
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 6 April 1945
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium: Plot B Row 32 Grave 18
Additional Information
Post-war interrogation found that he perished when the aircraft crashed, as he was not able to bail out.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 13850 (18.160 MB)




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Warner, Henry LPilotCT
2nd Lt. Miller, John C, JrCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Sundeen, William ErhardNavigatorTR
1st Lt. Mathis, Charles EBombardierCT
SGT. Dean, Donald LloydRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
SGT. Seidel, John ClarenceEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Poulsen, Leonard IrvinBall Turret GunnerKIA
CPL. Portwood, Ray STail GunnerCT
CPL. Taliaferro, Philip AFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 33 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38750 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
233 30 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron.
Sortie Report
236 6 December 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Ball Turret 42‑39888 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back; #1 feathered and #2 prop ran away.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31484 Aircraft did not take off.
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off.
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Eye due to weather.
Sortie Report
243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Took off from Eye Airfield, AAF Station 134 (was unable to return to GU after prior day's mission due to weather), and flew the mission with the 490th BG, attacking their assigned primary target.
Sortie Report
245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron.
Sortie Report
249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Ball Turret 42‑102620 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead Squadron hot camera ship. Aborted due to supercharger failure.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38927 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron flying spare; joined formation. Landed away at Bassingbourne Airfield, AAF Station 121.
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑38766 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at North Pickenham Airfield, AAF Station 143.
Sortie Report
270 21 February 1945 Target: Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39138 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
278 1 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bruchsal, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8668 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
283 8 March 1945 Target: Oil Refinery - 'Benzol Plant'
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Essen, Germany
Ball Turret 44‑8789 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
286 11 March 1945 Target: Vacuum Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bremen, Germany
Ball Turret 43‑39197 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
289 15 March 1945 Target: Army HQ
Type: Military
Location: Zossen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38974 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron.
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290 17 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen (Leipzig), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron hot camera ship.
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295 23 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gladbeck, Germany
Togglier 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
296 24 March 1945 Target: Vechta Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Vechta, Germany
Togglier 44‑8608 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
298 26 March 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Zeitz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
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300 30 March 1945 Target: Deutsche Schiff- u. Maschinenbau A.G. (DESCHIMAG)
Submarine and Warship Yard
Machine Shop
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Togglier 43‑37917 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
301 31 March 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Togglier 44‑6909 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 43‑38501 .
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302 3 April 1945 Target: Underground Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Kiel, Germany
Togglier 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
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304 5 April 1945 Target: Ordnance Depot
Type: Military
Location: Ingolstadt, Germany
Togglier 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
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305 6 April 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (Visual Primary)
Type: Transportation
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Togglier 43‑39164 Combat Mission Credit
Collided with 43‑38801 after target at 1018 hrs; aircraft peeled off to right; #3 engine fell off and #4 was on fire; aircraft went into a flat spin and fell apart; no chutes observed; crashed near Leisnig, Germany.
Sortie Report

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