John Reuben Leach Jr.

2nd Lt    0-690118    612th
1916 - 1944

Co-Pilot aboard 42-39943 (Lassie Come Home)


Ardennes cemetery, Belgium
Plot : B , Row : 38 , Grave : 6.

     John was born on Aug 12, 1916

     He graduated in 1940 from Colorado State College and received his wings and a commission
     at Ellington Field, Houston Tex

     In 1944 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG.
     His last mission, May 7, 1944, Target: Berlin, the plane was hit by fighters.
     A/C dropped down and back from its position, No 2 engine feathered and crashed east of Celle, Germany.

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal.

     In 1944, when John died on the age of 27 he left behind his family :

         His father, John Leach
         His mother, Cora Lee Leach
         His sister, Doris Leach
         His brother, Maurice Leach
         His brother, Max Leach
         His brother, David Leach
         His wife, Katherine Stewart Leach

Mission to Berlin, germany, Crashed near Langlingen, Germany

The Edora Veterans Memorial located at Edora Park located at Spring Canyon Park, Colorado

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