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Lyon Elkin Agee Jr

Military

Lyon Agee Jr enlisted in May 1942 in the Air Corps. After earning his pilot wings, he pursued training in the United States before being shipped overseas. He was assigned to the 406th Fighter Bomber Group/512th Fighter Bomber Squadron in England and was stationed at Ashford, Kent. On 22 June 1944, he was flying his Thunderbolt # 42-75345 on a low-level bombing and strafing mission on German units in the Cherbourg area, France. The formation was attacked by German fighters and Agee reported to wingman 1st Lt Creighton A. Smith that he had been hit. His P-47 was last seen flying above the southern edge of Cherbourg, heading for England. No trace was ever found of him nor of his plane and they were lost in the English Channel. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6208.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-75345

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 Serial #42-75345 of the 406th Fighter Bomber Group/512th Fighter Bomber Squadron was stationed at Ashford, Kent. On 22 June 1944, it was flown by 2nd Lt Lyon E. Agee Jr on a low-level bombing and strafing mission on German units in the Cherbourg...

Associated Place

  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Randolph, Cumberland County, Virginia, United States 25 September 1924

the son of Lyon Elkin Agee and Pearl Agee

Lived in Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, United States 1942
Enlisted Knoxville, Tennessee, United States 29 May 1942

in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet

Missing in Action (MIA) into the Channel, off Cherbourg, France 22 June 1944

Hit by enemy aircraft, he was last seen flying North of Cherbourg towards England.

Memorialized Cambridge American Cemetery, United Kingdom

His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 15:24:27 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected 'Ashford, Essex' to 'Ashford, Kent'. With thanks to Craig Knowles for notifying me of this error.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 10:31:07 ED-BB Changes to suffix
Sources

Added suffix "Jr"

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 10:30:28 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

MACR 6208
NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2015 10:49:19 Cym118 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, events and unit associations
Sources

9th Roll of Honor, via BOTNA

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