Sgt 32529866 612th
1920 - 1943
Waist Gunner aboard 42-37838 (Fancy Nancy)
Ardennes cemetery, Belgium.
Plot A - Row 12 - Grave 6
Sgt Baranik was killed on Mission 1.
He was the Group's first combat casualty.
Leo was born 1920, Bronx, New York.
His parents were from Russia and immigrated to America.
He enlisted to the air corps.
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His first and last mission, Nov 26, 1943, Target: Bremen, Leo was attempting to repair the Ball Turret.
A B-17 from another group hit the ball turret, cutting it off and killing Leo Baranik.
He was awarded with an Purple Heart Medal
In 1943, when Leo died on the age of 22 he left behind his family :
His father, Dave Baranik, age 70
His mother, Jennie Baranik, age 60
His brother, Moe Baranik, age 37
His brother, Sam Baranik, age 31
His brother, William Baranik, age 26
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