Schreiber, Leroy Adolph, born on 17-12-1917 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He had one sister, Marion S. Schreiber Haggerty. Leroy Schreiber became a Major (Squadron Leader) in the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group . The 62nd Fighter Squadron, nicknamed Spike War Dawgs” was constituted on 20-11-1940. It was activated on 15-01-1941 as the 62nd Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor), 56th Pursuit Group at Savannah Air Base, Georgia. After Pearl Harbour , the group moved to various bases along the east coast of the United States. Part of the I (Interceptor) Fighter Command, the 56th was tasked with defending the Atlantic Seaboard from an airborne attack. Originally equipped with P-35s, P-36s, P-39s and P-40s, the 62nd received the Army Air Corps’ first operational P-47s in May of 1942. After initial training and qualification in the “Thunderbolt”, the 62nd Fighter Squadron moved to England in January 1943. One of the first P-47 squadrons in the European theatre, the 62nd Fighter Squadron saw plenty of action. Its wartime roles included bomber escort, counter-air and interdiction missions. The squadron took part in various operations including the Air Offensive Europe and the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central European campaigns. Total kills for the squadron during its two years of combat were 236 in the air and 115.5 on the ground. Eight 62nd pilots became aces, including Captain Robert S. Johnson (27 kills), Johnson died age 70, on 27-12-1998, in Tulsa. Lieutenant. Colonel David Schilling (23 kills) , Schilling died 37, on 14-08-1956 and Captain Fred J. Christensen 22 kills. As part of the 56th Fighter Group, the squadron earned two Distinguished Unit Citations for action during the periods of February 20th through March 9th, 1944 and 19-09-1944. Major Leroy Adolph Schreiber flew 140 missions and destroyed 17 German airplanes in air battles and 2 on the ground. For his actions he received a Distinguished Service Cross, a Distinguished Flying Cross with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and an Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Death and burial ground of Schreiber, Leroy Adolph.
At 1420 Hours on Saturday 15-04-1944, Major Schreiber attacked an airfield 3 miles south of Flensburg, North Germany. At Buschau, about 1 mile from Eggebek and 7 miles from Flensburg, other US Fighter Pilots saw smoke coming out of Major Schreiber’s plane after a dive. They expected Major Schreiber to be hit by FLAK (anti-aircraft guns). After a wile the airplane rolled over on his back and took a dive…..the plane crashed and started burning when it hit the ground…..resulting in Major Leroy Adolph Schreiber’s death at age 27.
More than 60,000 American fighter pilots engaged in aerial combat during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Of those pilots, only 1,447 earned the title of fighter “Ace” by downing at least five enemy aircraft. Major Leroy Adolph Schreiber was one of them, having been credited with 12 aircraft shot down in aerial combat. At the time of the presentation of the Medal, only 75 of those Aces remained alive.
Major Leroy A. Schreiber ‘s final resting place is, together with 5.329 brothers in arms, on the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium, Plot C Row 1 Grave 45.