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Lester L Dansky


Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft P-47D 42-7999 353FG/352FS sustained a mid-air collision with P-47D 42-8383 at 30,000 feet nine miles north of Amiens, France while on a mission to escort the B-17 formation attacking the German airfield at Amiens/Glisy, France. He was seen to bale out of the aircraft but his parachute failed to open and he was killed. 1KIA MACR 474. No burial record was located.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-7999

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-2-RE 42-7999 was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK and was piloted by 2LT Lester L. Dansky on 31-Aug-43 when the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision at 30,000 feet with P-47D 42-8383 353FG/352FS while flying escort for the B-17...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-119 BOMBER ESCORT

    31 August 1943
    160 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 formations bombing the German airflied at Amiens/Glisy, France. 2 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KIA 1POW. The aircraft collided with eachother at 30,000 feet nine miles...

Associated Place

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


Event Location Date
Born Montana, USA 5 September 1916

Son of Edith Bristol Dansky.

Lived in Lawrence County, SD 1941
Enlisted Rapid City, SD 14 May 1942
Based Metfield 1943 – 31 August 1943

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Amiens, France 31 August 1943

Killed when his parachute failed to open after baling out of his aircraft that had sustained a mis-air collision with P-47D 42-8383 353FG/558FS

Buried Mount Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, SD 1948

Mount Moriah Cemetery
Lawrence County, SD

Buried United Hebrew Brotherhood Cemetery, Richfield, MN 1949

United Hebrew Brotherhood Cemetery
Hennepin County, MN


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2018 13:11:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 22:38:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added Summary Biography based on MACR 474 and "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 474 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database