KEHOE, LEO DOWNEY, Sergeant, # 37083430, USAAF
Leo D. Kehoe was born 6 October 1918 in Moberly, Randolph Co., Missouri, to James Lawrence Kehoe (1884-1970) and Anna Veronica (Freeman) Kehoe (1881-1955) (married 12 September 1909, Moberly, MO). Siblings included Daniel Timothy Kehoe (1910-1974), Harriet Elizabeth (Kehoe) Broom (1912-2010), James Lawrence Kehoe Jr. (1913-1987), Mary Josephine (Kehoe) Keown (1915-1984), William Joseph Kehoe (1917-1926), Anna Veronica (Kehoe) Raine (1919-1997), Edward Patrick Kehoe (1921-1973), Robert Francis Kehoe (1922-1995), and John Alfred Kehoe (1924-1924). He attended the University of Missouri. His father owned his own plumbing business in 1920-1930-1940 (heating & plumbing).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 927 W. Reed, Moberly, MO, employed by R.E. Merrill, and described himself as 5’8”, 137 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 June 1945, a B-24M, # 44-50389, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission over Bantakli, Thailand. It had to fly IFR through monsoon weather conditions. Its last known location was in the vicinity of Akyab, Burma. Last radio contact was with Headquarters, R.A.F. 231st Group (British), Calcutta, India. Search was led by the 222nd Air Sea Rescue Group. It was believed the B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal near Akyab, Burma. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Saint Marys Cemetery, Moberly, Missouri. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.