Tribute to My Grandfather - Frederic N. Hernandez







10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 493rd Bombardment Squadron

Cpl. John L. Lanigan, 31292038, Aerial Gunner Norris Crew

Enlisted: 29 Mar 43       Separated: 9 Aug 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Lt. Howard W. Lanser, 16115088, Navigator Swope Crew

Enlisted: 6 Nov 42


Capt. John W. Lasell, O-219261, Intelligence Officer

Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Captain Lasell was flying as an observer on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force. They were part of a formation of B-24s on a bombing mission to Insein, Burma, near Rangoon. Fierce enemy opposition of anti-aircraft fire and fighter planes was encountered. Before reaching the target the plane was hit by A-A and the right wing was smoking badly as the ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. Between eight and ten enemy fighters began attacking the disabled ship. The plane dropped about 3000-6000 feet before bursting into flames and exploding.

1Lt. James P. Lawney, O-806468, B-24 Pilot & S-4 Officer

Enlisted: 9 May 42

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster       Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Raymond A. Leary, O-700479, B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 7 Oct 42

Distinguished Flying Cross       Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters


TSgt. Lynden W. Lee, 33602370, Radio Operator Leary Crew

Enlisted: 30 Mar 43       Separated 23 Dec 45

Distinguished Flying Cross       Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Joseph L. Legin, O-709411, Navigator Aldrich Crew

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Sgt. Earl B. Lehmkuhl, 19101943, Radio Operator

Enlisted: 15 Jun 42       Separated: 11 Oct 45

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster     Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal       Good Conduct Medal


2Lt. Hyman Leibowitz, O-801479, Navigator Kimball Crew

Enlisted: 29 Aug 41

Leibowitz was part of a six plane formation on the way to bomb the town of Pakokku when they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters. After several attacks, Leibowitz's plane had suffered heavy damage and went out of control. It rolled over on it's back and and dived straight into the ground from 11,000 feet. Two of the other planes were shot down as well.

2Lt. Amos B. Leighton, O-765270, Co Pilot Clemment Tromblay Crew

Enlisted 19 Aug 42       Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


1Lt. Charles E. Lewallen, O-540363, Pilot / S-4 Officer


1Lt. William (NMI) Lewis , O-687872, Navigator / S-3 Officer


SSgt. Henry W. Ley, 11045340, Aerial Gunner Stringfellow Crew

Enlisted: 28 Jan 42       Killed In Action: 1 Dec 43

Distinguished Flying Cross       Air Medal

Ley was a gunner on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force. They were part of a formation of B-24s on a bombing mission to Insein, Burma, near Rangoon. Fierce enemy opposition of anti-aircraft fire and fighter planes was encountered. Before reaching the target the plane was hit by A-A and the right wing was smoking badly as the ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. Between eight and ten enemy fighters began attacking the disabled ship. The plane dropped about 3000-6000 feet before bursting into flames and exploding.

1Lt. Robert W. Lindquist, O-713494, B-24 Pilot

Distinguished Flying Cross       Air Medal


Cpl. Clyde D. Lindsay, Jr., 35928097, Aerial Gunner Gunther Crew

Enlisted: 11 Feb 44       Separated: 21 Nov 45


SSgt. Herman Litz, 17035785, Aerial Gunner McLoughlin Crew

Air Medal

Enlisted: 12 Nov 41       Killed In Action: 14 Nov 43

SSgt Litz was a gunner on B-24J #42-73194, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a six plane formation on the way to bomb the town of Pakokku when they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters. Litz's and two other planes were shot down.

SSgt. Homer R. Lollo,33302301Enlisted: 9 Sep 42    Separated: 8 Oct 45


1Lt. Lester G. Love, O-765276, Co Pilot

Enlisted: 29 Jan 43   Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Cpl. Everett R. "Red" Lowder, 14167339, Radar Repairman

Enlisted: 2 Dec 42    Separated: 12 Dec 45

Originally assigned to Signal Corps


SSgt. Benedict A. Lukas, 32559293, Aerial Gunner - Chambers & McHenry Crews

Enlisted: 28 Sep 42    Separated: 30 Nov 45

On 18 Oct 43, SSgt. Lukas was a gunner on a B-24 that was shot down during a mission to bomb Tongoo Railroad Yards. The ship was attacked by Japanese fighters, and was hit in the bomb bay. The plane caught fire, with the crew able to evacuate shortly before the B-24 exploded. Lukas parachuted successfully, but suffered severe wounds to his head. He was picked up by Burmese natives who wrapped him up in his parachute and took him to civilian police station. Because his name, rank and serial number were entered on a police blotter when the Japanese came into the village, they had no alternative but to take him to Japanese Intelligence Headquarters in Maymo and subsequently to the Rangoon Jail. He was liberated on 30 Apr 45.

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