Molland, Leland Phillips, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1942 - 1951
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fargo, North Dakota
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 21, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 3, Site: 2263-A

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 Unit Assignments
Air Force Bases/ Installations308th Fighter Squadron  - Emerald Knights31st Fighter Group31st Fighter Group
49th Fighter-Bomber GroupUS Air Force
  1943-1943, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1943-1944, 308th Fighter Squadron - Emerald Knights
  1943-1944, 31st Fighter Group
  1944-1944, 308th Fighter Squadron - Emerald Knights
  1944-1944, 31st Fighter Group
  1950-1951, 49th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1951-1951, HQ Squadron, 49th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1951-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1950-1951 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
Supermarine Spitfire  P-51/F-51 Mustang  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  
  1943-1944, Supermarine Spitfire
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1951-1951, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
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Last Known Activity
"Lieutenant Colonel Molland was the pilot of a T-33A Shooting Star fighter with the Headquarters Squadron, 49th Fighter Bomber Group. On May 16, 1951, while returning from a combat weather mission, on the aircraft's approach to Taegu Airfield #1 (K-2), it crashed into a mountain 12 miles southeast of Taegu, Korea."  Source:

"At dawn one May day Selenger and Lieut. Colonel Leland P. Molland, 32, of Fargo, N.Dak. volunteered to fly a weather reconnaissance mission behind enemy lines. A World War II ace, Molland himself had flown 167 missions in Europe, bagged eleven German planes, collected a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 29 Air Medals.

As Selenger and Molland streaked northward in a T-33 jet, the sky was murky, the air turbulent. They did not return. Last week the Air Force announced the fate of two of its most spectacular airmen. They had been found dead in the wreckage of their plane on a cloud-shrouded mountain top just north of Taegu."  Source: Time, Monday, Jun. 04, 1951,

Colonel Molland was interred  on December 20, 1951 at Arlington National Cemetery. Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,

"Name: Leland P Molland
Birth Year: 1919
Nativity State or Country: North Dakota
State of Residence: North Dakota
County or City: Cass
Enlistment Date: 26 Feb 1942
Enlistment State: South Dakota
Enlistment City: Fort Meade
Branch: Branch Immaterial- Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial-Warrant Officers,USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Army of the United States
Source: Civil Life
Education: 2 years of college
Civil Occupation: Bakers
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 70
Weight: 136"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

"Name: Leland P Molland
Birth Date: 7 May 1919
Gender: Male
Home City: Fargo
Home State: North Dakota
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 21 May 1951
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty-Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Pay Grade: Lieutenant Colonel"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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