Leonard Lavern Koebel

2nd Lieutenant Leonard Lavern Koebel died on 3rd October 1942 when USAAF B17 bomber 41-24451 crashed in Co. Antrim en route from Gander, Newfoundland.

2nd Lieutenant Leonard Lavern Koebel served in 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron, United States Army Air Force during World War Two. Born on 14th July 1917, he was the son of Charles Oswald Koebel and Olivia Barbara Koebel (née Madison) of Creston, Iowa, United States of America.

2nd Lieutenant Koebel died on 3rd October 1942 aged 25 years old. He was a Bombardier on a USAAF B17 Flying Fortress that crashed on Slieveanorra Mountain, Co. Antrim. His brother Kenneth L Koebel also served as a Pilot in the United States Army Air Force and died in the Philippines in March 1942.

Leonard Lavern Koebel’s grave was first located in Belfast City Cemetery, Co. Antrim. All casualties of this crash were later moved to Lisnabreeny American Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Down. In 1948, this cemetery in the Belfast hills closed. Koebel’s body lies in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, California. His name is on the Moyle Walkway Memorial on Slieveanorra and on a granite monument at the former Lisnabreeny Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Down.