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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.