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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Delphis
A. Monast, Jr., O-816763 (MIA / KIA) Bristol County, MA
MIA December 16, 1944
Built by Republic. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-47D Thunderbolt serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 348th Fighter Group (348th FG), 342nd Fighter Squadron (342nd FS). No known nose art or nickname.
On December 16, 1944 took off from Tacloban Airfield on Leyte piloted by 2nd Lt. Delphis A. Monast, Jr., on a flight bound for nearby Tanauan Airfield.
Monast was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Monast is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Bruce Barton (nephew of Monast) adds:
"I would like to get any additional information on his airplane, tail number or any other info."
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Delphis A. Monast, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Delphis A. Monast Jr.
FindAGrave - 2Lt Delphis A Monast, Jr. (tablets of the missing photo)
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