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Benjamin T. Leland collection

Identifier: 02-21.0002

Content Description

This collection relates to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Benjamin T. Leland who served as a fighter pilot on the U.S.S. Wasp with VF-86 Squadron during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations and remained in the U.S. Navy Reserves until retiring in 1964. He was recalled to active duty as a pilot during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 and served with Squadron VF-831 on the U.S.S. Antietam. This collection includes Leland's oral history interview transcript, memoirs, artifacts, flight equipment, documents, Leland's U.S. Navy Flight Jacket, and photographs.


  • Event: 1920-2016
  • Event: Majority of material found within 1941-1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin T. Leland was born on February 15, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Union College in 1942. Before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he worked as an Instrument man on a survey party for the Naval Supply Depot, Scotia, N.Y. Leland entered the U.S. Navy in November 1942 and was selected for flight training. He attended pre-flight training at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. He received additional training at Glenview Naval Air Station, Glenview, IL, and Corpus Christi, TX. After flight training, Leland was stationed at Cecil Otis Field and Camp Edwards, MA. In September 1944, he left San Diego, CA for the Pacific Theater of Operations and was subsequently assigned squadron VF-86 aboard the U.S.S. Wasp CV-18 flying support and bombing missions on F6F Hellcat fighters on Okinawa and Japan in 1945. Leland was released from active duty in February 1947 and worked for the Lackawanna Railroad as an engineer. In 1951, he was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and flew missions in Korea with VF-831 on the U.S.S. Antietam. He was again released from active service in 1953. He worked for the Douglas Corporation, Tulsa, OK as an engineer. Leland passed away on October 27, 2016.


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Benjamin T. Leland collection
Michael G. Kasper
March 14, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository