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
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)
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.