Faktor, Leland Dale, Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0006-Airplane Engine Mechanic
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1942, M 0008, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Plymouth, Iowa
Last Address
"Valhalla", USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Bohemian Cemetery - Plymouth, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2013, World War II Fallen
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments
USAAC Schools95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1940-1941, M 0008, USAAC Schools
  1941-1942, M 0008, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, M 0008, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, M 0008, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the engineer-gunner in crew #3 on the Doolittle Raid. His crew bailed out when their B-25 ran out of fuel. He was killed when he landed and fell down a cliff in a mountainous area near Sui-Chang, Chekiang Province, China. He was originally interred in Wan Tsuen, China and moved to Plymouth, IA, Apr 27, 1949. He is also memorialized at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, IA and Faktor Hall at the former Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL was named in his honor May 20, 1978.

His DFC citation:

Awarded posthumously for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Leland D. Faktor (ASN: 17003211), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Engineer/Gunner of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Corporal Faktor, with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Corporal

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
He was also awarded the Chinese Breast Order of Yung Hui posthumously.
Crew #3 (Plane #40-2270, "Whiskey Pete", target Tokyo): 95th Bomb Sq. L-R:Lt. Charles J. Ozuk Jr., navigator; Lt. Robert M. Gray, pilot; Sgt. Aden E. Jones, bombardier; Lt. Jacob E. Manch, copilot; Cpl. Leland D. Faktor, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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