Leiston Airfield (Station 373) and 357th & 358th Fighter Group Memorial
357th Fighter Group Roll of Honor
Edwin Walfred Hiro was born on August 13, 1916 in Chisholm, Minnesota. He was the son of John Hiro and Lempi Sikkila Hiro. Major Edwin entered the service on January 27, 1942, and was a fighter pilot with the 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group in England. He was killed in action during an air battle near Vreden, Germany, Sept. 19, 1944 and went missing. His body was never found and now is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.
Distinguished Flying Cross Sypnosis:
Major (Air Corps) Edwin Walfred Hiro (ASN: 0-728661), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 363d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.