44-11777         MACR 13690

 

On 1 April 1945 a P-51K-5, # 44-11777, assigned to 14th Air Force, 5th Fighter Group, 17th Fighter Squadron, Chihkiang, China, departed the airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy at Yochow, China. The pilot was 2ndLt Alva H. Liston, # 0-770329. Capt. James A. Russell, 0-792878, was his last radio contact. 2ndLt Liston was killed in action.

 

LISTON, ALVA HAROLD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-770329, USAAF

 

Alva H. Liston was born on 16 March 1924 in Ripley, Oklahoma, to Leo Melvin Liston (1900-1985) (KS) and Abigail “Abbie” Lucretia (Boyd) Liston (1900-1990) (OK) (married 22 November 1919, Payne, OK). Sibling was Arthur L. Liston (1921-1971). Living with them in 1930 was his paternal uncle, William Paul Liston (1899-1978). He was married to Virginia Jean (Graf) Liston (1928-2008).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Richmond Shipbuilding Corp. of Amarillo, Texas, resided in the Joyce Hotel, Richmond, California, and described himself as 5’10”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his right cheek. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 1 April 1945 a P-51K-5, # 44-11777, assigned to 14th Air Force, 5th Fighter Group, 17th Fighter Squadron, Chihkiang, China, departed the airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy at Yochow, China. Capt. James A. Russell, 0-792878, was his last radio contact. 2ndLt Liston was killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Puple Heart.