From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Leedy '38

Date of birth: May 27, 1917

Date of death: May 18, 1943

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


From VP Navy:

18 MAY 43 A/C: PBY-5A pby Location: Routine patrol out of NAS Adak, Alaska Strike: Yes BUNO: 7271 Cause: From Administrative Report; this PBY-5A failed to return from a routine patrol out of Adak, Ak. No messages were received after take-off and the Army had no track on radar of a plane in the sector assigned to this plane for search. Weather at time of take-off was complete darkness, ceiling 600-ft, visibility seven miles with fog patches near the field and obscuring the surrounding mountains and peaks in the sector. It is the opinion of the reporting officer that the aircraft crashed into a mountain before reaching its sector while pilot was flying on instruments. Plane and crew missing: Pilot. William C. Leedy, Ens. Earl C. Alter, AP1c. Preston Bright, Amm1c. Walter B. Kerry, Amm2c. Edwin H. House, Jr., Rm2c. Allen F. Walker, Aom2c. Roland L. Hughes, Amm3c. Llewelly Richards, and Amm3c. Thomas S. Newbold.

He has a memory marker in Oregon and is buried in California. (His body was recovered and he was buried in California in 1948.)


From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 10/2/1941
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 11849, 3/4/1942
  • Date of rank LT from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register, 6/15/1942
  • VP-62 FAW-4 NAF Adak MIA BNR, 5/18/1943

Class of 1938

William is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.