2012 — Florida
Leonard P. Caflisch, Jr
Birth: Apr. 27, 1924
Death: Apr. 30, 2012
Citrus County, Florida, USA
Lt Leonard Caflisch was a Commissioned Bombardier/Navigator and served in the B-25 Mitchells of the 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron in the Mediterranean Theatre, Combat Missions over Italy. On 6 Feb. 1945, in the #43-27751 "MMR" Lenny would say his most-freightful Mission as the top element of B-25's were shot out of the air while he watched. ALL Missions were hard, some more than others.
Thursday, 28 December 1944
A/C No. 43-27542 “Superstitious Aloysius” P - Smith, Richard H. “Red”, Col, HQ 321st BG Commander CP - Neumann, Robert H., Maj, HQ 321st BG N - none B - Caflisch, Leonard P. “Lenny”, Jr., 2Lt E - Applegarth, Smith B., Sgt R - Barksdale, Phillip L., Sgt G - Simms, James W., Cpl P - None***************************
Tuesday, 26 December 1944
A/C No. 43-27785 P Fairchild, George S., 2Lt CP Rose, Norman I., 2Lt N None B Caflisch, Leonard P. “Lenny”, Jr., 2Lt E Dubbs, Andrew C., Sgt R Guild, Bernard R., S/Sgt G Lejman, George T., Sgt
1st Lt. Leonard P. Caflisch, bombardier, Distinguished Flying Cross
1st Lt. Leonard P. Caflisch, bombardier, 4th OLC to Air Medal
On General Order No. 96, dated 5 May 1945, from 12th AF.
1st Lt. Leonard P. Caflisch, bombardier, 5th OLC to Air Medal
Leonard P. Caflisch Jr. (1924 - 2012)
Leonard P. Caflisch Jr., 88, of Beverly Hills, Fla., passed away Monday, April 30, 2012, at Cypress Cove Care Center in Crystal River, Fla.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., on April 27, 1924, to the late Leonard P. and Marie (Amaismeier) Caflisch. Leonard was a movie projectionist in the Chicago area. He and his wife retired and moved to Citrus County in 1994, coming from Deerfield, Ill. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving as a navigator-bombardier. Leonard loved music and was an accomplished violin and clarinet player. He also enjoyed tennis, gardening and playing poker.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Caflisch. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rosemary. Other survivors include three sons, Robert P. (Kathie) Caflisch of Lake Zurich, Ill., Kenneth L. (Moira) Caflisch of Lake Villa, Ill., and Ronald J. Caflisch of Salt Lake City, Utah; two daughters, Heidi A. (Charles) Thorp of Lena, Ill., and Martha M. (Jeffrey) Ellis of Holladay, Utah; seven grandchildren, Shannon Yeaton, Erin Yeaton, Scott Ellis, Karin Ellis, Fiona Caflisch, Isla Caflisch and Rosemary Ellis; and three great-grandchildren, Antonio, Sara and Teagon.
Arrangements are by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, Fla.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 3, 2012