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Daniel G Diya


I knew Dan Diya in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1977-1980. He was a shop manager in the Mack Truck Parts Division and an avid amateur radio operator. We flew together occasionally and I let Dan take the controls on a trip back to CONUS from Nassau, Bahamas. It was the first time he'd piloted and aircraft since he was shot down during WWII and he was still a very smooth and confident airman. I lost track of Dan in the mid 1980's.


Units served with

  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

  • 380th Fighter Squadron



Event Location Date
Missing in Action (MIA) Germany 29 April 44

Dan was shot down over France and rescued by French Resistance fighters. He remained in France fighting with the Resistance for 8 months before being repatriated to his unit in England.


Date Contributor Update
25 May 2016 00:25:08 FloridaHorseman Changes to highest rank, biography and events

Sourced from my personal knowledge and friendship with Dan Diya.

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2015 17:41:51 Lucy May Changes to role, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Brought in information from two other duplicate records. Sources:
MACR 5130 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5130

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:53 AAM AAM ingest

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / Miller and Marinelli histories, 8 AF Roll