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USS Sangamon CVE-26

Pilot  Ensign Andrew Szalay, O-158272 USNR (MIA / KIA) Detroit, MI
MIA  December 1, 1943

Pilot History
Szalay graduated from flight class 7B (42-C) during March 1942.

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Assigned to USS Sangamon (CVE-26) to squadron VF-37. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
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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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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