1943 — Italy
Leonard; 428th BS NAVIGATOR and became the 310th GROUP NAVIGATOR.
***** "Air Medal & 7 Oak leaf Clusters" *****
Doolittle,Leonard N., Capt, navigator (0-790945) (appt Sq Nav 27 May 43)(242 Hazel St, New Haven CT)
(NARA - 11012119 DOOLITTLE#LEONARD#N# CT NEW HAVEN NEW HAVEN CT 40)
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 110121
NAME; DOOLITTLE LEONARD NRESIDENCE: STATE CONNECTICUT: COUNTY NEW HAVEN
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT
DATE OF ENLISTMENT 14 Oct. 1940 GRADE: Private AC# Air Corps SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL Civil Life
NATIVITY; CONNECTICUT YEAR OF BIRTH 1918 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 years of high school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION; Undefined Code MARITAL STATUS; Single, without dependents
Wednesday, 5 May 1943 (Leonard's First Mission)
428th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order ---/mission ---) Group Mission # 84: By the fifth of May the Axis was indeed in dire straits. We were prepared to go all out once again in low level sea sweeps to annihilate the evacuating force. However, to minimize potential losses the flights of six were to make runs in elements of two. If just one vessel were found, only one element would cross it. The second two would stand by only if the first was unsuccessful.
Just off the Egadi Islands they flushed a convoy of one medium merchant vessel and two small ones. It was unescorted. All three vessels were attacked and all three hit. The largest sank immediately, another was sinking rapidly and the third was burning so furiously that its complete gutting could reasonably be assumed. It was strictly a 428th mission and another feather in the unit’s Indian chief headdress. Machine gun fire from the vessels was ineffective.
A/C No. 1 aircraft unidentified (flight leader)
P Gshwandtner, Frank J. "Gish", Capt
CP Williams, Edwin W., 1Lt
N Doolittle, Leonard N., 1Lt
B Herold, Armin F., Jr., 1Lt
R Martin, Robert J., S/Sgt
G Stage, Albert A., S/Sgt