McGriff, Leonard, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
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Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
According to census data, Leonard McGriff was born in Washington in 1913. His parents were Saloman and Florence McGriff. The US Census 1920 shows the family in Ludwig, Washington as a step son in the household of Grant and Florence Holmes. THe US Census 1940 shows him living in Seattle with Eileen, his wife.

His enlistment papers in 1941 stated he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed in the managerial/officials occupation field. It confirms nativity, and states he was married.

He was trained as a radio operator and assigned to the B-17 combat crew headed by Captain Bruce. After deploying to England, the crew was shifted to North Africa. McGriff and the crew flew 6 missions.

On November 28, 1942, while on a mission to bomb targets at Bizerte, Tunisia, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters. Bruce's aircraft was shot down and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no remains were recovered.

Sgt McGriff is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.


Sgt Leonard McGriff was the assigned radio operator on B-17F #41-24363, named "Bad Penny," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16197 was issued. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

Cpt John B. Bruce  p
2 Lt Robert Earl  c-p
2 Lt Charles Tannehill  nav
2 Lt Charles Knop  bomb
SSgt Henry P. Hughes, Jr.  eng/tt gun
Sgt Leonard McGriff  r/o
SSgt Alpheus Backus wg
Sgt  Samuel Scott  wg
SSgt Merle Gilger  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Gilger's name is given here as "Merle." All other sources state "Merril."

The only crew photo known is from England when King George VI met the crew, Individuals not identified.

The name "Bad Penny" comes from the adage that a "bad penny always comes back."

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