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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
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)