McLeod, Rufus Randolph, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 60th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Crows
Service Years
1942 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hartsville, SC
Last Address
Tunisia, North Africa

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery - Tunis, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot I, Row 15, Grave 12

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Air Force33rd Fighter Group
60th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Crows
  1942-1942, US Army (USA)
  1942-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Fighter Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 60th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Crows
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1938-1942, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1942-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
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Last Known Activity
Rufus Ralph McLeod, Jr. was born in 1920 in Hartsville, South Carolina, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. McLeod, Sr. After attending high school, he entered Clemson University in 1938, graduating with the class of 1942. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation, and sent to Camp Croft at Spartanburg, South Carolina.

He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program and received flying training at Hicks Field, Texas; Goodfellow Field, Texas; and Foster Field, Texas. He graduated and was awarded pilot wings in April 1942. He was then assigned to Bolling Field, Washington D.C. where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was made a flight commander. On August 19, 1942, he married Miss Margie Conwell of Atlanta, Georgia.

He deployed to North Africa in October, 1942 with the 33rd Fighter Group. He was assigned to the 60th Fighter Squadron and began flying combat missions over North Africa and Italy. A newspaper article states he was in line to be promoted to Captain.

According to records, he was taking off from his base in Tunisia on a fighter sweep mission when the aircraft suddenly crashed, killing Lt. McLeod. His body was recovered and was buried in the North African American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia where he lies in Plot I, Row 15. Grave 12.

A memorial service was held for him at the Wesley Methodist Church in Hartsville, South Carolina on January 17, 1943.
The State Newspaper (Columbia, SC) issue of 1/19/1945, page 5b


Lt. Rufus Ralph McLeod, Jr. was flying P-40F # 41-14376 when he was killed. Because the body was recovered, no Missing Air Crew Report was issued, and neither was a USAAF Accident Report.

He was the first pilot fatality of the 60th Fighter Squadron.

NOTE: The newspaper source reporting his death uses the middle name "Randolph." All other sources and records state his middle name was in reality "Ralph."

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