9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Aircraft Accident Report 45-10-15-533

October 15, 1944, Sunday




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Aircraft Serial Number (Type): 41-39196 (Douglas A-26B-15-DL Invader)

9th AF; 416th Bomb Gp; 670th Bomb Sq

Reason: Killed, Mid Air Collision (KMAC)

Damage: Completely destroyed (5)

Point Of Departure: A-55 Melun/Villaroche, France

Location: 8 1/2 miles SW of Sezanne, France

Duty Name Rank S/N Status
Pilot Leishman, Samuel Payne 2Lt O-758013 Fatal
Gunner Siracusa, Joseph F. Sgt 32873602 Fatal
Gunner Shempren, Eugene H. Sgt 13097542 Fatal

Pilot and crew were on a local formation training flight when bad weather moved in. Lt. Leishman struck a large tree while making an instrument descent.

Second Lieutenant Samuel P. Leischman's plane was last seen near Sezanne, flying very low. He had evidently been trying to let down through the overcast. The plane was in a 30-degree dive when it struck a large tree on a hill-side in very hilly country. The pilot and his two gunners, Sergeants Joseph F. Siracusa and Eugene H. Shempren, were killed in the crash.
(416th BG History 1944)

View information on "France-Crashes 39-45"
(in French)

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