Monday, May 27, 2013
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lieutenant Leonard A. Gallant (front row, far right).
The B-17 was hit by flak and dropped out of formation, with its engine smoking. The crew escaped with chutes deployed and along with the plane disappeared into the clouds over Augsburg, Germany. All, but 2nd Lt. Gallant, were captured and became POWs. The fate of young Gallant is still shrouded in mystery. In all the time I spent with Grampa, his name was never uttered. My aunts, Mom and grandmother spoke of Buster often to me, but my grandfather just couldn't say his name, I guess.
The loss of a son in that Good War was just too much.
I am connected to him; I carry his name.
*This photo has only recently been declassified.