LEYDA, HARRY LOUIS, JR., Corporal, # 33433574, USAAF
Harry L. Leyda Jr. was born on 16 April 1923 in Franklin, Pennsylvanie, to Harry L. Leyda (1897-1958) and Helen Gabrielle (Brown) Leyda (1898-1973). Living with them in 1940 was his maternal uncle, Donald E. Brown (1921- ). In 1943 he and his wife, Virginia S. Leyda, resided at 144 W. 3rd St., Oil City, Pennsylvania. In 1943, his father resided in the Maury Hotel, 19th and G Streets, Washington, D.C. In 1930 his parents lived in Franklin, Pennsylvania. His father was n engineer regarding boilers (heat producing). His paternal grandparents and maternal grandparents and parents are in the Mennonite records of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1900-1910).
He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 and described himself as 6’2”, 148 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Erie, Pennsylvania, on 24 February 1943. He was trained in the mechanical and electrical function of the C-47. He was the engineer, modernly called a crew chief, of the aircraft. He was sent to 10th Air Force in India. On 28 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93385, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam Padesh, India, on an air supply to British Site 47. It was last located at 25º 8’ North 96º 34’ East and crashed in Burma for unknown causes. The last contact by radio was with Sgt. Jacob F. Rempfer, # 37286073. Two locations were possible: (1) Indagyi Lake (not found); (2) the Chindwin River valley (6 week trip in jungle) – not investigated. He is remembered on the wall at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.
EDWARDS, J., Private, # 4919621, U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps
COOPER, F., Private, # 3052451, U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps
MAGEE, H., Sergeant, # 3768651, U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps
The above three veterans of WW II were inadequately identified in the available MACR. They were most likely assigned to the Quartermaster Truck Company and served as air supply cargo droppers (also known as kickers because most kicked the cargo pallets out the C-47A cargo door). This was a dangerous and courageous task. If anyone has more accurate information on these three veterans, please use the contact form and provide what is available. Thank you.