670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

Sgt. Joseph F. Siracusa

Gunner,  32873602

Killed In Training - Oct 15, 1944

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 04-Oct-1923, New York

Entered Military Service: Date: 25-Mar-1943 At: New York City, NY From: Kings County, New York
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 32873602

Buried: Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York, Plot: J, 16138

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

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
Interment Control Form
Interment Control Form
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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