Davis, Leroy W., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 941-Aerial Photographer
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1944, AAF 941, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Staff Sergeant

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Keyser, Mineral County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 20, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery - Tunis, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartWorld War II Fallen
  1944, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

AAF Aircrew Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1941-1944, AAF 941, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II
  1943-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. Leroy W. Davis was assigned to the 32nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, 12th Air Force.

  Lost at Sea as Result of Ship Sinking During World War II of the Liberty Ship SS Paul Hamilton (Hull No. 0227) off the coast of Algiers, North Africa on 20 Apr 1944

The Liberty Ship SS Paul Hamilton was hit by bombs launched from a German Junker JU-88 aircraft causing it to explode with great violance and it sank immediately. This occurred approximately 30 miles off the Coast of Cape Bengut, Algiers, in the Mediterranean Sea. (1)

The sinking of the SS Paul Hamilton became one of the most costly Liberty Ship disaster, in terms of human life, in all of World War II. The ship was making her fifth voyage, as part of a huge Convoy UGS-38, when she was attacked by 23 German JU-88 dive-bombers near sunset on 20 April 1944.

In addition to her load of U.S. Army Air Corps personnel, she carried a cargo of high explosives and bombs. The German JU-88s dive-bombers came in low and the men on the bridge of the British tanker, Athelchie, watched as it went by. The gunners aboard the Athelchie set the JU-88 on fire, but the aircraft had launched its torpedo less than 150 feet from the SS Paul Hamilton. Immediately after the torpedo hit the Hamilton, a violent explosion threw debris and dense black smoke high in the air. When the smoke cleared, there was no sign of the ship.


Leroy W. Davis

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

Service # 35210106

32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, 15th Air Force.

Entered the Service from: West Virginia
Died: 20-Apr-44
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Purple Heart
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