M.350 First Officer  John Leonard Yingst 
 flag usa  b. 21 May 1915, Lebanon, PA  16 Jan 1941 to 15 Apr 1945




Father: Lewis Eli Yingst, mother Laura G  [Illig], of Sheridan, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Ed. High School, Military Academy

 prev. "Salesman. Horseman,. Pilot"; RCAF in Canada from 27 Sep 1940 to 7 Jan 1941 - Sgt Pilot Instructor

prev. exp. 580 hrs in Waco, Travelair, Stearman, Stinson, Fleet, Yale, Harvard, Ford, Boeing, Lockheed, Anson


 Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP

Class 5 (4-engine) pilot


 4 accidents, 1 his fault:

- 12 Apr 1941, he lost his way in Magister T9682 ('completely blamed')

- 6 Feb 1942, he stalled his Douglas DB7 Havoc (Turbinlite) W8254 at 30 ft, due to a faulty ASI

- 12 Dec 1942, his Mustang I AG346 collided with a stationary aircraft, due to 'unsatisfactory airfield control at Prestwick'

- 13 Feb 1943, he swung off the runway in Fulmar II N1942 and collided with a Spitfire, due to defective brakes.


 Sailed to New York from Greenock in 1943, arriving 28th July, with fellow ATA pilots Virginia Farr, Ann Watson Wood, Mary (Zerbel) Hooper, Grace Stevenson, Lionel Kay and Dorothy (Furey) Bragg.

   Draft Card, dated 7 Aug 1943

 "A capable all round pilot whose capacity for work is above the average. Discipline satisfactory" ... "This pilot has now delivered over 1,000 aircraft of all types"

 m. Mary Etta [Filbert]:


 d. 19 Nov 1991 - Myerstown PA

"He was a retired farmer and antique dealer. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, having served during World War II. In January 1941 he joined the ATA Division 41 Group of the British Royal Air Force as a Wing Commander [sic]. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons Leonard P. Yingst and Eric L. Yingst" - The Daily News

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