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Lt Leonard L "SHAP" Shapiro, KIA B-25 Pilot, 321stBG,447thBS
5 July, 1943 | Italy
Leonard Shapiro was born in 1917 in Conn. He was residing at 172 E 4th Street, New York, NY and enlisted directly into the Air Corp 7 Nov. 1941 as an Aviation Cadet.
# 11031702 Shap had completed High-school and atttended 2 years of College.
Lt Shapiro was an original member of the 447th Bomb Squadron's Cadre, forming the 321st Bomb Group, B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber, that flew in the 'now famous' Knapp Flight Over" the Atlantic, the Southern Route to Africa.
His Ship #41-29775 5 July 1943 on the Flight OVER /Shot-Down in B-25 #41-64657
321stBG De-classified War Diary
321st, 447th BS T/Sgt Robert L. Waldrip
Robert L. Waldrip T/Sgt KIA July 5th 1943
447th BS: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 71: Started over field at 1055.
Flew 84° for 193 miles to Bianco point at 37° 12 minutes N., 13° 40 minutes N. Started
letting down 5 miles from coast at 1115 and hit the deck at 1125. Started climb at 1146
and reached 10000 feet at 1202. Reached Bianco point at 1208 then at 68° 63 miles to
Catenanuova and 127° for 10 miles to target. Made bomb run at 9000 feet then left turn
and retraced course.
A/C No. 41-64657 (MACR-71 - shot down – direct hit)
P Shapiro, Leonard L. “Shap”, 1Lt - KIA - DED
CP Greenwood, Nathan H., 2Lt - KIA - DED
B Schulze, George F., S/Sgt - KIA - DED
E None listed
R Waldrip, Robert L., T/Sgt - KIA - DED
G Rider, Lawrence E., S/Sgt - KIA - DED
F PFC Scrappy (Lt Shapiro’s “little dog”) - KIA - DED
War Diary 5 July '43 The 447th 1st full LOSS
**************************Personal Diary of Lt Dan McDuff, Pilot
321stBG,447thBS, Lt Leonard L Shapiro's little Dog,PFC SCRAPPY - KIA 5 July, '43 (MACR # 71)
447th BS: War Diary of: McDuff, Daniel R. “Ruff Stuff”, 1Lt, pilot
“July 5th was my day off and I recon I’m kind of glad it was. The boys had a very tough
mission, raiding the Gerbini Airfields. Some big shot somewhere had his head up and
locked and “ordered” that they follow the course he prescribed. It was a honey. They
were to approach the target area from the south, going west of it so that, when they got
well north of it, a turn to the right would bring them southwest to the target. They were
to make a 270° turn to the left after dropping their bombs, fly west a way, then go back
off the island to the south the same way they had come in. And it was a long way from
the target to the coast! It would be just begging for trouble.
And they got it. Shapiro was shot down and crashed on the island---DeMoss, who
followed him down to give him what protection he could, said Shap crashed and
burned—not a chance to live through it. Bradley, of the 446th, was shot down about 8 or
10 miles off the coast of Sicily, and several others were shot up pretty bad. Cohagan and
his crew took a beating---as did his passenger, Capt. R.W. Manly, who got various and
sundry pieces of flak here and there and nearly had the top of one of his fingers torn off.
Cohagan landed at Tunis and left him in the hospital there. He is not back yet, but
should be in a few days. Apparently there was nothing really serious.”
Bradley, James L., Jr., 1Lt, pilot, 446th BS
Cohagan, McKinley B. “Kin”, 2Lt, pilot
DeMoss, Jack M., 1Lt, pilot
Manly, Robert W. “Horse”, Capt, intelligence
Shapiro, Leonard L. "Shap", 1Lt, pilot
447th BS: War Diary of: Stephenson, Henry W. "Steve", 2Lt, pilot (mission 1)
TARGET: Gerbini Satellite 3:55 300 lbs
Plane 925 (41-12925 “Huckelberry Duck”): Lt. Grantham, Lt. Stephenson, Lt. McCone,
S/Sgt Kramer, T/Sgt, Anderson, S/Sgt Draper
“One A/C landed at Tunis. One landed in Sicily and broke into flame. One A/C landed
3 miles off Bianco H. and crew seen in dinghy. Hits seen on runway taxi strips &
hangars. Flak heavy accurate. Lt. Shapiro and crew forced down over target. Capt.
Manly an observer was hospitalized.”
Anderson, Chester E., T/Sgt, radio-gunner Draper, Ralph M., S/Sgt, gunner
Grantham, Charles H. “Granny”, 1Lt, pilot
Kramer, Gilbert W., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner
Manly, Robert W. “Horse”, Capt, intelligence McCone, Walter G., 2Lt, bombardier
Shapiro, Leonard L., 1Lt, pilot