Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Force 1
Birth:
1922 2
Rochester, Monroe, New York 2
Death:
22 Apr 1946 (official) 3
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Person:
Leland H. Pennington 4
Leland Pennington 1
Home Town: New York 1
Birth:
1922 2
Rochester, Monroe, New York 2
Death:
22 Apr 1946 (official) 3
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Marriage:
Lucy Carter 5
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Force 1
Service Start Date:
1942 4
Service End Date:
1945 4
Enlistment Date:
02 Sep 1942 2
Enlistment Location:
Rochester, Monroe, New York 2
Service Number:
O-64645 6
Casualty Date:
21 Apr 1945 4
Unit:
301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group 7
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Notes:
Member of the Tuskegee Airmen 1

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  2. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 — Contributed by millebr
  3. U.S., Find A Grave Index — Contributed by millebr
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  5. Ancestry.com - Family Trees — Contributed by millebr
  6. U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 — Contributed by millebr
  7. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas — Contributed by millebr
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Stories

Flight Officer Leland H. Pennington was deployed to Ramitelli Air Base in Italy with the 301st Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. During a bomber escort mission on April 21, 1945, in which he was flying a North American P-51B Mustang he named "Lucy Gal" (for his wife), he broke formation and radioed that he was "sack timing solo," or returning to base and did not need an escort.

In his after action report, 1st Lt. Jimmy Lanham wrote, "I saw him turn back and assumed he would land at Zara," a friendly field in Yugoslavia. "I did not contact him or sight him after this."

According to 332nd Fighter Group Aircraft Losses, Pennington went missing about 15 miles west of Zara, Yugoslavia, was never recovered and was officially declared dead on April 22, 1946. His name was memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial.

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