Capt Harry T Lay

Capt Harry T Lay

Birth
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 20 Jul 1944 (aged 22–23)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A Row 34 Grave 44
Memorial ID 56373714 · View Source
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He took of in a P-47 from Duxford on an escort mission to Vitry, France. The flight went down to strafe a troop train near Liffol-Le-Grand and on the third pass there was a flash from Capt Lay's engine. He pulled up to about 1,800 feet, did a wing-over to the left and crashed about one mile WNW of Sompui, 31 miles north of Troyes, France. Capt Lay bailed out and his parachute opened at 300 feet and was seen running into a forest. May have been wounded or shot at on the ground as he was sent to a hospital in Chalon-sur-Marne after capture. Captain Lay was one of the lead pilots of the 91BG on 19 August 1943 flying "Oklahoma Okie" and after completing his tour of duty became a fighter pilot with the 78th Fighter Group.

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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56373714
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Harry T Lay (1921–20 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56373714, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .