Clark, Leslie, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B, Row 16, Grave 9

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to his NARA enlistment records, Leslie Clark was born in Virginia in 1921. No records of census data, history of early life, or parents have been located.

Clark enlisted on October 26, 1942 in San Francisco, California as a private in the US Army Air Forces. He was trained as an aerial gunner, and sent overseas to North Africa where he was assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

On January 7, 1943, he flew with the Sloulin crew on a mission over North Africa. The aircraft left Biskra air field, but crashed minutes later, killing all personnel on board.

Evidently, the bodies were recovered as Sgt Clark is buried in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia, where he lies in Plot B, Row 16, Grave 9.
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt Leslie Clark was a gunner on B-17F #41-24350, named "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron. The MACR lists him as "gunner," but other records state he was the ball turret gunner.

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists identify personnel on board as:

1 Lt Wesley C. Sloulin  p
2 Lt Robert D. Olson  c-p
1 Lt Vincent C. Fratalli  nav
1 Lt William R. Crandall  bomb
SSgt Frederick J. Hull  eng/tt gun
SSgt William M. Most, Jr.  r/o
Sgt  Frank Kahl  wg
Sgt  Leslie Clark  gunner
Sgt  Eldon L. Kimmel  tail gunner
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The three passengers were all aircraft mechanics - crew chiefs. Their presence on the aircraft is not explained.

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