Leonhard, Linus G., MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 750-Airplane Maintenance Technician, Airplane Crew Chief
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 750, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1939 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Gate of Heaven Cemetery - Marshfield, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot CC 9_5_7_5

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1939-1940, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 750, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 750, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 750, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 750, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  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
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Last Known Activity
Linus G. Leonhard was born on June 22, 1917 in Minnesota to Trau F. and Marie Leonhard. (301st Bomb Group records have middle initial as "C." All other sources use "G.") The US Census 1930 shows the family living in Marshfield; the US Census 1940 has Leonhard as a soldier in Rantoul, Illinois.

Leonhard attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, and graduated from McKinney High School in 1935. He worked for almost 2 years for the A.. Weinbrenner Company. He then went to Los Angeles, California and studied diesel engineering for 1 year.

He enlisted in Riverside, California on October 24, 1939, and was sent to aircraft mechanics school (4th School Squadron) at Rantoul, Illinois. After completing the course, he was stationed in Alamagordo, New Mexico, and Geiger Filed, Washington where he was assigned to the 301st Bomb Group. He was sent overseas in July, 1942.

In England with the 301st Bomb Group, he was an aircraft mechanic - crew chief. He transferred to Algeria when the 32nd Bomb Squadron moved part of its aircraft to North Africa. On January 7, 1943, he was a passenger on a B-17  that crashed shortly after take-off, killing all personnel on board.

MSgt Leonhard was recovered and sent to the U.S. for private burial. Today, he lies in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Marshfield, Wisconsin in Plot CC9_5_7_5.

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune newspaper, January 26, 1941
Marshfield New Herald newspaper, January 26, pages 1 and 4
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1930
US Census 1940


MSgt Linus G. Leonhard was a passenger on B-17F #41-24350, named "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron. 

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew and personnel 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 Federick 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 gun
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The three passengers (White, Leonhard, and Greenway) were all aircraft mechanics-crew chiefs. Their presence on board is not explained.

Service photo source:
Marshfield New Herald newspaper, January 26, 1941, pages 1 and 4

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