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  TBM-1C Avenger Bureau Number 25286  
USN
VC-40

Pilot  Lt. Russell P. Lecklider (rescued) Toledo, OH
Crashed  March 31, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by General Motors, Eastern Aircraft Division as model G-40. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) as TBM-1C Avenger Bureau Number 25286. Assigned to squadron VC-40. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 31, 1944 took off from Piva Airfield on Bougainville Island for a bombing mission against Rabaul. This Avenger crashed to the east.

Dr. J. Donald Zollinhofer, ADRC adds:
"I would also like to know if you have info about my dad's TBF 25286 which was shot down east of Rabaul, New Britain Island. I can provide some information about that as well.

Fates of the Crew
Lecklider was rescued and returned to duty. He passed away January 7, 1977 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at Section 67 Site 1398.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBM-1C Avenger 25286
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1944 - TBM Avenger 25286 pilot Lt R. P. Lecklider
FindAGrave - Russell Paul Lecklider (Arlington National Cemetery)
Thanks to J. Donald Zollinhofer, ADRC for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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