Flight Officer Almer Lister was the pilot of aircraft P-51D20 with serialnumber 44-63381. He departed from Iwo Jima on a fighter sweep mission to Kasumigaera, Japan.

Statement from 1st Lt Louis C. Gelbrich, Air Corps:
While returning from a strike against the Japanese Empire on 5 August 1945, Flight Officer Almer D. Lister was forced to bail out of his airplane. At 1620, I watched him parachute down, approximately 300 miles north of Iwo Jima. I did not see him hit the water, but located him in the water, still in his chute. I made three passes over him, seeing him every time, still in his chute. On the fourth pass I was unable to locate him. I continued to circle over the area he was in, but could not locate him. I was sent home and Pearl flight, having plenty of gas, continued the search.

F/O Lister is commemorated at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Rank: Flight Officer
  • Date of death: 5 August 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 46th Fighter Squadron, 21st Fighter Group
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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