670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Samuel Payne Leishman

Pilot,  O-758013

Killed In Training - Oct 15, 1944

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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Pilot Wings        Missing Man

  Born: about 1921, Missouri

Entered Military Service: From: Los Angeles County, California

Buried: Epinal American Cemetery, Dinoze, France, Plot A Row 9 Grave 42

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry     Overseas American Cemeteries
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
Fields of Honor Database

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)

See also AAR 45-10-15-533

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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