New England Air Museum
Leland H. Knowles
Leland Knowles in B-29 at NEAM, 2001
Leland Knowles in B-29 at NEAM, 2001
Recent Address:   8958 S.E. Star Island Way, P.O. Box 214, Hector, NY 14841, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
Family Information:   Parents: Harry and Mina; Wife: Margaret; Children: Fay, Dona
Hometown:   Watkins Glen, NY
Date Entered Service:   April 4 1944
Service Number:   42094680
Bomb Group:   444th
Squadron:   676th
Location of Unit:   Davis-Monthan, Tucson, AZ 1944
Missions Flown:   19
Hump Missions Flown:    
Targets:   Kawanishi, Osaka (2), Omuta, Toyashima, Yokohama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu (2), Yawata, Hikari, Yokohama (POW Supply), Food drop over Japan
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation
Service Schools Attended:   Aerial Gunnery School-Ft. Myers, FL Sep 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 611-Aerial Gunner, MOS 521-Airman Basic
Rank Upon Discharge:   Corporal
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   44-61546 Hun-Da-Gee
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:    
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Worked in IBM Corp. Single spindle drill press operator, operated gear cutting lathe and drill press. Did own set-up work, worked on aluminum, stainless steel and read blue prints.
Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Lee Knowles, Inc. for 52 years. He served as president of the Southern Tier Home Builders Assoc. and was a member of several organizations, including, West Corners Firemen, Mechanics Club of Montour Falls, Elks of Stuart, FL, Red Men of Watkins Glen, V.F.W. of Hobe Sound, FL, 58th Bomb Wing Reunions, Endicott Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and Odd Fellows of Union, NY, and American Legion Post 1700 of West Endicott, NY. He enjoyed sailing, boating and fishing at his favorite place, Seneca Lake. He also enjoyed carving wooden birds and inventing things.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Very proud I served for our country.
Mr. Knowles passed away on July 1, 2012. He is buried at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois, NY.


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