Leiston Airfield (Station 373) and 357th & 358th Fighter Group Memorial
357th Fighter Group Roll of Honor
Arthur Monroe Lingo was born on 17 April 1919, in Roby, Texas. He attended Appalachian State Teachers College in Taft, California and enlisted in the Army on 6 November 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He was employed as a bookkeeper at Bank of America before entering the service. Arthur was in the Army from November 1941 until January 1942, when he transferred to the Air Corps. He served in the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, as a Captain during World War II. CPT Lingo was Killed in Action on 11 April 1944, when his plane, PP-51 #43-12122 was shot down in Germany but went missing. His name is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.
2nd Lt James E. Roughgarden states in the Missing Aircrew Report:"On 11 April 1944 I was flying wing man to Judson Red Flight Leader, Capt Arthur M. Lingo. Around 20 miles N.E. Of Magdebrug, Germany, at 20,000 Feet, we spotted a lone ME 109 below, dropped tanks, and dives down on it. I lost sight of the enemy plane when my windshield fogged up, but my leader kept following him. Then I saw a FW 190 on my left, about 500 Ft. above. I told Capt Lingo of this, and slid in behind the FW 190, firing a short burst from 150 yds. Then I followed him for four complete turns, trying to pull lead on him without success. Finally I broke away. I flew around looking for Capt Lingo and attempted to contact him over R/T but received no answer. I gave up the search and headed home.
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