LEAHY, HOWARD PAUL, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-675242, USAAF
Howard P. Leahy Jr. was born on 21 March 1921 in New York City, New York, to Howard P. Leahy (1896-1971) and Mae D. (Hanigan) Leahy (1901-1975) (married 13 June 1919 in Brooklyn, NY). In 1920 his father was a supervisor for a department store. Siblings included Virginia Mary Leahy (1919-1978), Edward W. Leahy (1927- ), Anne Catherine (Leahy) Callahan (1930-2000), Thomas Patrick Leahy (1935-1984), and Jane Leahy (. On 5 June 1917, his father registered for the WW I draft, age 21 years, and gave his birth on 5 April 1896 in New York City, NY, employed as a clerk at Moore & Perry, 111 Broadway, New York City, NY. He was single in 1917 and described himself as tall, slender build, with brown hair and blue eyes. He said he had sight in only one eye. In the 1930 census, the family resides in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. In 1940 his father worked as a brokerage auditor.
He enlisted in Brooklyn, New York, residing at 818 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, New York, in the U.S. Army National Guard, Cavalry, on 20 November 1939 (Service # 20241434) then re-enlisted on 27 January 1941. He was first trained and assigned to the Machinegun Troop, 101st Cavalry. On 19 March 1943, he elected an honorable discharge to accept a commission. Now in the USAAF, he was trained to pilot transport and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force, in India. On 1 September 1944, a C-47, # 43-15802, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma, to return to Dinjan airfield. It was last contacted by radio 30 minutes from Dinjan airfield. Its crash was deemed a battle casualty. The 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, had no information to add to the MACR and 1352nd AAF Base Unit had none. The crash location was not found. Searches along the flight route saw several aircraft wrecks that were not identifiable from the air. Extensive search failed to locate the C-47A. Search and rescue aircraft flew the probable routes and adjacent areas for ten months to no avail. The Burmese natives of the area are extremely cooperative and no report has been received from them. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His brother, Edward W. Leahy, born 16 April 1927, resided at 228-39 Mentone Ave., Laurelton, Long Island, NY, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on 25 May 1944 for two years. He was assigned to the 4th Infantry Regiment, Company B. On 25 July 1945, he obtained an honorable discharge from the National Guard to enter active duty.