Missing Air Crew Report for Aircraft 44-6126

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Dublin Core

Title

Missing Air Crew Report for Aircraft 44-6126

Alternative Title

Missing Air Crew Report

Subject

World War II--1939-1945
Veterans--Florida

Description

A page of the Missing Air Crew Report for Aircraft 44-6126 details how the pilot, John Leslie, gave his life so that every man onboard the B-17 could bail from the aircraft after it was shot down. Aircraft 44-6126 was traveling to its bombardment target of Halle, Germany and was subsequently shot down by German Anti-Air installations.

The Florida-France Soldiers Stories Project seeks to tell the stories of the Florida soldiers buried in the American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries in France. Our goal is to honor and commemorate the brave individuals who gave their lives supporting the Allied forces, liberating France, and defeating Germany in the Second World War. Simultaneously, our goal is to teach the students who participate in this research project about the history of France and Florida during World War II, about the history of individual servicemen, and about how to implement historical research methods in their work.

Creator

E. A. Bradunas

Source

Digital reproduction of original missing air crew report.

Publisher

National Archives and Record Administration

Date Created

1946-03-01

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1973

Date Issued

1946-03-01

Format

Image/jpg

Extent

1.70 MB

Medium

1 handwritten missing air crew report

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Halle, Germany

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by the 8th Air Force and published by National Archives and Record Administration.

Rights Holder

National Archives and Records Administration

Curator

Taylor, Cole

Source Repository

National Archives and Records Administration

External Reference

"Florida-France Solider Stories Memorializes Veteran Experiences." CAH News, June 21, 2023. https://news.cah.ucf.edu/news/florida-france-soldier-stories-memorializes-veteran-experiences/

Transcript

Lt. John L. Leslie gave his life in order for every man to bail out of ship. Interphone system was shot out and he couldn't contact men to see if they had jumped. Warning bell was out and bombay was on fire. He chose to stay with the ship rather than bail out. Not knowing if all had bailed out.<br<br>Douglas Buntin gave his life even tho badly wounded himself. He went to the aid of the tail gunner who was wounded, and was trying to aid him when ship blew up. Neither one had chutes on. This was told to me by both radio man and ball turret gunmen

Citation

E. A. Bradunas , “Missing Air Crew Report for Aircraft 44-6126,” RICHES, accessed April 22, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/11245.

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