44-39277

 

On 19 December 1944 a C-87 Express Liberator, # 44-39277, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a return flight to Kunming, China. It was known to be over Kunming at about 0500 Zulu. The crew was:

                                       Pilot                             1stLt Leonard W. Boehm                    0-792157

                                       Co-Pilot                       1stLt William R. Daum                                    0-701410

                                       Radio Operator            PFC Joseph N. Zuber                          13090967

                                      Crew Chief                  PFC Albert J. Erdman                         33272175

                                                                (passengers: 35 Chinese troops)

On 3 January 1945 a report was sent: Per radiogram from Tezpur, India, quoting radiogram from China Wing Hq, the crashed C-87 was found 25 miles north of Kunming, China. The pilot, co-pilot and crew chief’s bodies were located and buried at Kunming, China. Another radiogram reported that the body of radio operator Zuber was found and buried at Kunming.

BOEHM, LEONARD WILLIAM, First Lieutenant, # 0-792157, USAAF

 

Leonard W. Boehm was born on 14 December 1919 in McKees Rocks, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, to Leonard Michael Boehm (1893-1958) and Amelia (Semler) Boehm (1891-1976). Siblings included Helen M. Boehm (1917-2005), William L. Boehm (1922-2005), George Albert Boehm (1923-2013), Edward John Boehm (1926-1996), Dorothy (Boehm) Ludman (1928-2013), and James A. Boehm (1930-    ).

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1941, resided at 215 Greydon Ave., McKees Rocks, PA, employed by A.J. Hutter, and described himself as 6’, 165 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, on 16 September 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He flew solo after just 1 ½ hours of flight instruction. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 19 December 1944 a C-87, # 44-39277, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th AAF Base Unit, B Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengtu, China, on a return flight to Kunming, China. It was known to be over Kunming at about 0500 Zulu. On 3 January 1945 a report was sent: Per radiogram from Tezpur, India, quoting radiogram from China Wing Hq, the crashed C-87 was found 25 miles north of Kunming, China. The pilot, co-pilot and crew chief’s bodies were located and buried at Kunming, China. Another radiogram reported that the body of radio operator Zuber was found and buried at Kunming. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the Saint Mary Cemetery, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

 

His brother, William L. Boehm, born 20 May 1922, served in the U.S. Navy, # 6529094, from 16 September 1942 to 12 December 1945. He served overseas from 7 March 1943 to 1 December 1945. He died 12 May 2005, McKees Rock, Pennsylvania.

 

His brother, George A. Boehm, born 14 December 1923, served in the U.S. Navy, # 8213750, from 28 January 1943 to 2 March 1946 with overseas service from 28 August 1943 to 2 December 1945. He died 13 December 2013 and is buried in the Resurrection Cemetery, Coraopolis, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.