Kenneth Eugene LEBL

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBERO-710284
AGE23 yo
DATE OF BIRTH29 april 1921, Cook County Chicago ILLINOIS
STATEILLINOIS
FAMILYMaternal grandparent: Frank & Marie SCHULTZ
Parent: Estella (Stella) SCHULTZ & Jerry C. LEBL
RANK2nd Lieutenant
FONCTIONNavigateur
JOB before ENLISTEMENT--ILLINOIS
DATE of ENLISTEMENT5 Octobre 1942 à Chicago ILLINOIS
SQUADRON862nd Bomber Squadron
GROUP493rd Bomber Group, Heavy
"Heltons Hellcats"
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH6 june 1944lebl kenneth tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHNear Giraumont
4 km north of Compiègne
DATA PLAN

Liberator B-24 N° 42-94789 et le surnom « Moby Dick »

Take-Off Station 152 Debah Suffolk UK

Mission: Bombing of Lisieux (14)

Air collision at 11,000 feet with the B-24 44-40471 Cpt Jack COOPER at 10:28(Macr 5485)

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY from St James

Map Brittany American Cemetery

GRAVE
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Air MedalPhoto FDLM
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STORY

 Godfather of speech:

After my visit to the American cemetery of St James, France, in June 2013, I wondered if I had to adopt a grave, because I live far away.

But, as I travel to Normandy at least once a year and that the cemetery of St James is not far from the landing beaches, I decided to adopt one.

On receipt of my request, the manager told me that there were still many non-sponsored graves and I asked for a second.

The man's name is on the Wall of the Disappeared.

More information

Kenneth Lebel was a crew member (navigator) on a B-24 Liberator was part of the fleet with the No. 42-94789 and the nickname "Moby Dick"

These aircraft participated in the first mission of the 862nd squadron of heavy bombers called "Hellcats Heltons" . This first mission, which took place June 6, 1944 was to the bombing of Lisieux (France), but the clouds were so thick that the Liberators could not drop their bombs and had to turn back with their loads.

At about 10:28, at 11 000 feet above the English Channel, the "Moby Dick" collided with another B-24 Liberator called "No love No Nothin 'No. 44-40471 which had apparently struck the tail of "Moby Dick". Both planes have disappeared in the clouds and have sunk in the sea. This is Lieutenant Donald Russell who piloted the B-24 in which Kenneth was Lebl browser. The 10 crew members perished in the crash. In the "No Love No Nothin ', 9 men were killed and one was captured.


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Kenneth training
B-24 Liberator "Moby Dick"
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Fiche du 2Lt Kenneth LEBL
Wall of Missing


Crew B24 Liberator - Type J s/n 42-94789 Carré X "Moby Dick"

1Lt Donald L RUSSELL Pilot Detroit MICHIGAN

Dead - MIA

American Cemetery St James

Wall of Missing

2Lt Lester J PAVEL Copilot Solon IOWA
2Lt Kenneth E LEBL Navigator Chicago ILLINOIS
2Lt George W SHARMAN Bomber Wyomissing PENNSYLVANIA
T/Sgt Roscoe E WILSON Radio Tyler TEXAS
S/Sgt Billy M HOLLINGSWORTH Mecanic TEXAS
Sgt William Horace SMITH Gunner Russellville ALABAMA
Sgt Dallas L KINCAID Gunner A Hastings NEBRASKA
Sgt Tony CADDELL Gunner V Dallas TEXAS
Sgt Charles M BUJTOR Jr Gunner S Cleveland OHIO

INFORMATION SOURCESNick LIETEN - Heather CRISTMAN - Francecrashes39-45.net
PICTURE SOURCENick LIETEN - Heather CRISTMAN - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Rollofhonour.airport.gg
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud