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22.12.1943 352Ftr Sq, 353rd FG P-47D 42-22458 1/Lt. Leroy W. Ista Location: English Channel. +
Mission: Osnabruck, Germany (Bomber escort)

Date: 22nd Decemeber 1943

Unit: 352nd Ftr Sq, 353rd FG.

Type: P-47D

Serial No. 42-22458


Location: English Channel.

Pilot: 1st Lt Leroy W. Ista. (Missing)


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As the squadron joined on the bomber stream, 1LT Ed Fogarty reported that Ista was falling behind.
Although he radioed he was okay, he continued to trail farther behind. As the remainder of the group landed at
Metfield, he was last heard to call for a homing fix; he was 10 miles from the English coast.
However, no trace of him was ever found.

Burial Details:

1st Lt Leroy W. Ista.

Distinguished Flying Cross-ribbon
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart-ribbon
Purple Heart
Air Medal-ribbon
Air Medal

Still missing, remembered on The Tablets of the Missing Cambridge American Cemetery


Researched and compiled by David King and Alex King (December 2016)

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