James E. Leitch, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

James E. Leitch
Date of Death: November 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Airplane Crash (Peyton, Colorado)
Hometown: Crisman

Newspaper Notices:

Flier's Body Arrives Here

The body of Lieut. James E. Leitch, 20, of Portage township, killed in a plane crash one mile west of Peyton, Colo., Thursday, arrived in Valparaiso this morning and was taken to the Stinchfield funeral home, 55 Jefferson street. Private memorial services will be held at the funeral home at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday, with Rev. C. H. Grabemann, pastor of Hope Evangelical church, Crisman, officiating. Burial will be in Chicago.

Details of the accident in which Lieut. Leitch died are not known other than Peterson Field officials at Colorado Springs reported two men were killed an two injured in the mishap which occurred at night.

Lieut. Leitch was a son of Mrs. Rhoda Ketchum Caldwell, of Crisman. He was a graduate of Portage township high school in 1941 and was a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, when he was inducted into the air corps. He was commissioned in August at Napier Field, Dothan, Ala.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; November 20, 1944; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 8

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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