Private John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Private John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, March 21, 1968

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John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Private John Leatherbury was killed in a police helicopter accident while assisting officers who were searching a bank building that had been found with an open door.

The Hughes 300 helicopter was hovering over the bank when its main rotor blades struck power lines and crashed onto a parking deck at Iverson Mall. Private Leatherbury and the civilian pilot were both killed instantly.

The police department was leasing the helicopter for a three week period as it evaluated whether or not to start a helicopter unit.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest in peace Private Leatherbury.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 8, 2019

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