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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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11.04.1944 No. 357 Fighter Group Mustang P51B 43-12122 Capt. Arthur M. Lingo

Operation: Bomber Escort - Sorau, Germany

Date: 11th April 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 357th Fighter Group, 362 Squadron

Type: P51B Mustang

Serial: 43-12122

Code: G4-M

Base: RAF Leiston (USAAF Base F-373) Suffolk, England

Location: 20 Miles N.E. of Magdeburg, Germany 

Pilot: Capt. Arthur Monroe Lingo 0-728686 USAAF Age 24. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS: 

Probably shot down by German fighter…. if anyone has further details we would be delighted to hear from you.

Captain Arthur M. Lingo (courtesy Michel Beckers)

The 357th FG served as an escort group, providing penetration, target, and withdrawal support for bombers that attacked strategic objectives on the Continent and began operations in the assault against the German Air Force and aircraft industry.

In addition the squadron was used to escort, the 357th conducted counter-air patrols, made fighter sweeps, and flew strafing and dive-bombing missions in which it attacked airfields, marshalling yards, locomotives, bridges, barges, tugboats, highways, vehicles, fuel dumps, and other targets. Participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, the breakthrough at Saint-Lô in July, the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945; and the airborne assault across the Rhine in March 1945.

Capt. Lingo and Margraten War Cemetery - Wall of Missing. (courtesy Michel Beckers)

Burial details: 

Capt. Arthur Monroe Lingo. Wall of Missing the Margraten War Cemetery, Holland, Next of kin details not available, believed to be from California USA.

For further details our thanks to the following, Michel Beckers who carried out the research for Aircrew Remembered, December 2014. All photographs courtesy Michel Beckers.

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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