Faktor, Leland Dale, Cpl Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0006-Airplane Engine Mechanic
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Last Unit
1942-1942, M 0008, Bomb Units/Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Corporal

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1921
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Plymouth, Iowa
Last Address
"Valhalla", USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
China
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II
Location of Interment
Bohemian Cemetery - Plymouth, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments
USAAC SchoolsBomb Units/95th Bomb SquadronBomb Units/17th Bomb GroupBomb Units/Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1940-1941, M 0008, USAAC Schools
  1941-1942, M 0008, Bomb Units/95th Bomb Squadron
  1941-1942, M 0008, Bomb Units/17th Bomb Group
  1942-1942, M 0008, Bomb Units/Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1942 Missions/Operations/Various Missions over the Pacific 1942
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the engineer-gunner in crew #3 on the Doolittle Raid. His crew bailed out when their B-25 ran out of fuel. He was killed when he landed and fell down a cliff in a mountainous area near Sui-Chang, Chekiang Province, China. He was originally interred in Wan Tsuen, China and moved to Plymouth, IA, Apr 27, 1949. He is also memorialized at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, IA and Faktor Hall at the former Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL was named in his honor May 20, 1978.
His DFC citation:

Awarded posthumously for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Leland D. Faktor (ASN: 17003211), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Engineer/Gunner of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Corporal Faktor, with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Corporal

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
He was also awarded the Chinese Breast Order of Yung Hui posthumously.
Crew #3 (Plane #40-2270, "Whiskey Pete", target Tokyo): 95th Bomb Sq. L-R:Lt. Charles J. Ozuk Jr., navigator; Lt. Robert M. Gray, pilot; Sgt. Aden E. Jones, bombardier; Lt. Jacob E. Manch, copilot; Cpl. Leland D. Faktor, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

   
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Sources:
www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/faktor.htm
www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php
iagenweb.org/cerrogordo/obituaries/cg_obit_faktorleland.htm
www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php

   
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