|Pilot Ensign Andrew Szalay, O-158272 USNR (MIA / KIA) Detroit, MI
MIA December 1, 1943
Szalay graduated from
flight class 7B (42-C) during March 1942.
Built by Grumman. Assigned to USS Sangamon (CVE-26) to squadron VF-37. No known nose art or nickname.
On December 1, 1943 took off from USS Sangamon (CVE-26) on a patrol mission. Crashed into the lagoon in the center of Apamama Atoll.
Szalay was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
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February 4, 2018