WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2018 —Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Hulen A. Leinweber, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 20, 2018.
On June 10, 1945, Leinweber, a member of 40th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, was piloting a P-51 aircraft, on a strafing mission targeting a large convoy north of Payawan in Infugao Province, Republic of the Philippines. The aircraft reportedly was struck by anti-aircraft fire, causing the right wing to break off. Leinweber’s aircraft crashed just south of Ilap village. The American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) searched the area south of Ilap village between August 26-28, 1947, locating wreckage but recovering no remains. In October 1947, Leinweber’s remains were declared non-recoverable.
DPAA is grateful to the University of Illinois at Chicago and the National Museum of the Philippines for their partnership in this mission.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Leinweber’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site, in Taguig City, Philippines, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.