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Leonard P. Schmitt collection

 File — Box: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box, Folder: 99.0133 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-99.0133

Content Description

This collection relates to Leonard P. Schmitt who served in the Army Air Corps in North African and China-Burma-India (CBI) Theaters with the 436th Squadron, 7th Bomb Group during World War II. This collection contains a veterans questionnaire and bound manuscript titled "Life and Times of Leonard P. Schmitt Sr." which recounts his experiences during the war.


  • Event: Majority of material found within August 1942- November 1945

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Leonard P. Schmitt was born on November 4, 1922, in Palm Bay, Florida. On August 2, 1942, Schmitt was inducted into the Army Air Corps at Camp Blanding, Florida, and served with the 436th Squadron, 7th Bomb Group. He trained in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fort Meyers, Florida, Denver, Colorado, Tucson, Arizona, Salinas, California, Blyth California, and Smyrna, Tennessee. Schmitt served in the China-Burma-India Theater and in Northern Africa from August 29, 1943 to November 15, 1944. He flew as a crew member on a B-24 Liberator and completed 404 flying hours. For his service, Schmitt was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return to the United States, he married Muriel M. Schmitt on May 14, 1945. From 1950 to 1977, he worked at a bakery until his retirement. Schmitt passed away on December 16, 2012, at the age of 90. He is interred at Forest Hills Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Palm City, Florida.

The manuscript primarily details his experiences during World War II, which include running out of gas mid-flight (p. 16-17), rationing (p. 23), mail call (p. 25-26), flying "the Hump" (p. 33-36), and Merrill's Marauders in the China-Burma-India Theater (p. 34-35).


1 folders (1 folder)

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Leonard P. Schmitt collection
Beatrice Dain
April 15, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository