|2nd Lt. Emerson L. Cyphers.|
Emerson Lyle Cyphers could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 7, 1917 in Kansas. His mother was born in Colorado and his father was born in Kansas. His father was a farmer on his own farm who died when Emerson was 17 years old. Emerson had two younger sisters. By 1940 Emerson had completed two years of study at Kansas State College.
Emerson served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 45th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Command. Lt. Cyphers was a P-51 pilot.
|P-51s from Lt. Cyphers's 15th Fighter Group a month before he was killed.|
On April 26, 1945, Lt. Cyphers and five other P-51 pilots took off from Iwo Jima's South Field to escort B-29 bombers on a mission to bomb Kyushu, Japan. The fighters ran into zero visibility overcast just minutes from the target. All six were lost to accidental crashes, perhaps including midair collisions with each other. Lt. Cyphers remains were found and first buried in Yokohama.
His remains were returned to be buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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