SECOND LIEUTENANT LESLIE A. PORTER JR. was born in Philadelphia PA on February 9, 1921 to Leslie A. and Elsie Porter. As of the 1930 census, his father worked as a clerk for the Bell Telephone Company, and the family included a younger brother, John. He grew up in Oaklyn NJ, where the family owned a home at 225 Manheim Avenue. A 1938 graduate of Collingswood (NJ) High School, he took part in the school plays during his junior and senior years of High School. In his yearbook, he stated that he enjoyed bowling, dancing, and driving, and disliked "English and wise guys".
Leslie Porter enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 10, 1942 and was ordered to report for active duty on December 4, 1942 He was sent to the classification center at San Antonio TX where he began his training, and was commissioned as a pilot and Second Lieutenant on October 1, 1943. He was then sent to Transition School at Fort Worth TX where he graduated as pilot of four-engine bombers.
On March 26th, 1944, while on a routine formation flight from Peterson Field at Colorado Springs CO to a base in Texas, the B-24 Liberator bomber he was flying in crashed near Floydada TX. The entire crew was lost. Besides Leslie Porter, those lost included Second Lieutenant Donald Novak, Second Lieutenant James A. Garvey, Second Lieutenant Frank Cziguth, and Staff Sergeant Pedro S. Messa, Staff Sergeant James M. Driver and Sergeants James M. Miller, Harvie S. Vance, and George L. Thomas.
The death of Leslie Porter was reported in the March 23,1944 evening edition of the Camden Courier-Post. On March 30, 1944 the Courier-Post reported that Leslie Porter and his crew would be buried at at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio TX.
On April 3rd, 1944 Leslie Porter and his crew were buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio TX with full military honors. He was survived by his parents, his wife, the former Miss Eleanor Kipp, of Collingswood NJ, and a brother John Porter, then a private training with a parachute unit at Fort Benning GA. Memorial services were held on April 3, 1944 at the Oaklyn Baptist Church on East Bettlewood Avenue.
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