LeRoy Hyder
Born 16 February 1924
Died 11 September 1944
Buried at Spring City Cemetery, Spring City, TN

First Lieutenant
447th Bomber Group, 710th Bomber Squadron, Heavy, 8th Air Force

Aircraft B-17 with serial number 42-102471 was hit by flak in No. 2 engine at primary target area (Bohlen) at about 1243 hrs. A hole in the left wing was also seen at this time. The a/c fell back out of formation dropping down to cloud level at 22,000 feet, flew under control for another 25 minutes until lost to view. The airplane began to burn due to heavy battle damage. Lt Hyder held the ship level while the crew bailed out. The aircraft crashed at Zeitz, Germany.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt LeRoy Hyder
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Harry Wood
Navigator, 2nd Lt James W. Voorhies
Bombardier, S/Sgt Richard S. Thomas
Turret Gunner, T/Sgt William R. Sulaica
Radio Operator, T/Sgt John E. MacLeod
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Ralph M. Persun Jr.
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Donald H. Karg
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Lynn G. Lee

  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 16 February 1924
  • Date of death: 11 September 1944
  • County: Hamblen
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 447th Bomber Group, 710th Bomber Squadron, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Spring City Cemetery, Spring City, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Top Panel
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