Roger Thomas Leking
Sgt 35348050 613th
1922 - 1944
Right Waist Gunner aboard 42-31467 (Sac Hound)
Woodville Cemetery in Woodville, Ohio.
Roger was born Sep 28, 1922, Troy Township, Wood County, Ohio.
He was a 1940 graduate of Woodville high school.
Roger was employed at his father's garage at Stony Ridge, Ohio.
In Nov 16, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.
He recieved his wings July 9, 1943.
In Nov 12, 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His last mission, Mar 2, 1944 Target: Frankfurt, Aircraft was attacked by 6 or 7 fighters ( me 109's ).
Roger did not survived this attack.
The plane was forced down when the attack shot up tail badly.
He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal
In 1944, when Roger died on the age of 21 he left behind his family :
His father, Fred E. Leking, age 50
His mother, Friedo Leking, +
His sister, Jeanette Leking, age 23
His brother, Lee Leking, age 17
Apr 11, 1944 , Jewish Servicemen Cards.
Roger was flying on his first mission with Sheahan's crew.
He came in replacement of the Dale Tomlinson who was sick.
The Germans found three bodies in the plane.
They identified that of Roger T. Leking but could't identify those of Hazard Justice and John O'Mara.
All three were buried in the Community Cemetery of Gosselies (North of Charleroi)
in graves #84 (Leking), #85 (Justice) and #86 (O'Mara).
The bodies were subsequently removed to the U.S. Military Cemetery in Neuville-en-Condroz
(South-West of Liege).
Roger T. Leking were repatriated to the Woodville Cemetery in Woodville, Ohio.
Mission to Frankfurt, germany, Aircraft was attacked by 6 or 7 fighters ( me 109's ) which shot up tail badly.
Chrashed near St Gerard, Belgium.
2nd Lt William george Sheahan (pilot) showing the memorial stone in Saint Gerard Belgium.
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