42-105276       P40

 

On 26 June 1944 a P-40-N5, # 105276, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield at Lingling, China, on an interception mission. It was last seen engaged with enemy fighters 10 miles North of the airfield at about 1030 hrs. The pilot was 1stLt Francis H. Armstrong, # 0-801319. Major Quigley, Squadron Commander, had 1stLt Armstrong on his wing when they met a flight of enemy Oscars. Maj. Quigley was MIA 10 August 1944.

 

ARMSTRONG, FRANCIS H., First Lieutenant, # 0-801309, USAAF

 

Francis H. Armstrong Jr. was born on 1918 in New Jersey to Francis Claude Armstrong (1895-1970) and Catherine L. (Witheridge) Armstrong (1895-1974) (married in 1915 in NJ). Sibling was Eleanor (Armstrong) McKenna (1916-2005). Living with them in 1920 was a paternal uncle, Henry C. Armstrong (1896-1988). In 1920 his father was a railroad fireman, in 1930 an insurance clerk. His mother is divorced in the 1940 census.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 4 April 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 26 June 1944 a P-40-N5, # 105276, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield at Lingling, China, on an interception mission. It was last seen engaged with enemy fighters 10 miles North of the airfield at about 1030 hrs. The pilot was 1stLt Francis H. Armstrong, # 0-801319. Major Quigley, Squadron Commander, had 1stLt Armstrong on his wing when they met a flight of enemy Oscars. Maj. Quigley was MIA 10 August 1944. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

 

His uncle, Henry C. Armstrong, born 15 December 1896, served in the U.S. Navy from 10 April 1917 to 6 August 1919, during WWI. He died 28 May 1988.