Leland Etheldred Langford (1919-1949)
Leland E. Landford was born July 10, 1919 at Ray City, GA, a son of Luther and Amanda Langford. The Langford family farm place was on Rt 2, Ray City, Ga, about 1 mile east of town on the old Milltown (now Lakeland) – Ray City Road.
Leland attended the Ray City school where he was a member of 4-H. He graduated with the Ray City High School class of 1939.
After graduation, Leland had difficulty finding employment. The Census of 1940 shows he continued to reside in his parents household and that he was doing government work as a carpenter on a school Works Program. For this work he received $8 dollars per week.
On June 12, 1941 Leland Langford enlisted as a private in the Army at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. Enlistment records show he was 5’11” and 124 pounds. Leland was trained as a pilot and commissioned as a Lieutenant. Some time after he enlisted, Leland met and married a nurse.
Lt. Langford continued to serve with the Army after WWII. In 1949, he was working for the Army as a liaison pilot to the Air Force.
June 2, 1949
CAA Probes Union City Death Crash
Army officials and investigators of the Civil Aeronautics Administration yesterday launched a probe of the plane crash which Tuesday night killed two Army liaison pilots and injured an Air force officer near Union City.
Killed in the crash were Lt. Leland E. Langford, of Ray City, Ga., and Lt. Warren J. Ludwig, of New York City. Lt. Ludwig died en route to Grady Hospital.
Lt. Henry Matney, of Germantown, Md., flying with the two liaison pilots, parachuted to safety. He was treated at Fort McPherson Hospital for bruises.
Leland’s body was returned to Ray City, GA. He was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery.