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LT COL  David K. LYSTER

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: COM P

 "Handlebar" Hank Lyster, 350th Squadron C.O. Photo courtesy of Phil Robbs 

 Maj. David K. Lyster, April 6th 1944 (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David "Handlebar Hank" Lyster (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

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Comments1: 350TH COMMANDING OFFICER

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MEMO 1:

Lt Col  David "Handlebar Hank"  Lyster  WAS THE COMMANDER OF THE 350TH SQDN AT ONE TIME..jb
He was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group on September 23, 1944 (as a Major). Promoted to Lt Col in Feb 1945.  
 Flew a total of 29 missions and spent 28 years in the USAAF and USAF, retiring as a Full Bird Colonel in 1967.  


From phone interview with retired Col David Lyster Aug. 2003

Graduated as 2nd Lt in 1940 and Stationed at March Field in California.  I was part of the 19th Bomb Group (Capt William Veal was also stationed there) at March Field when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  In March 1942 I was promted to Capt and was with the 46th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group doing Anti-submarine patrol off the West Coast.  We were stationed at Alemeda Naval Air Station.  Stayed there until Sept 1942 when the 46BS/41 BG was transferred to Cherry Point NC for Anti Submarine patol in the Atlantic and Eastern seaboard.  During this time we were flying Lockheed Hudsons.  We would also go up to Langley to train in B-24's.  This duty lasted from Sept 1942 until Spring 1943 whereby I was transferred to NYC and the Headquarters AAF Anti-Submarine Command, East Coast.  My duty there was as a Controller.  This lasted until Nov 1943 when I was stationed in Savannah to Transition Crews for deployment in European Theater of Operations. My job was in Operations and I had attained the rank of Major by this time.  In June 1944 myself and two other eventual 100th BG personnel Maj. Charles A. Martin and Maj. Jack Wallace (both of whom I had graduated flying school with: Martin in primary and Wallace in advanced) put our names on lists requesting combat operations in the ETO. Our requests were granted and I was sent to the 486th Bomb Group stationed at Sudbury in August of 1944.  I had flown 7 missions training as a Command Pilot with the 486th BG when the 100th Bomb Group lost 12 Crews on Sept. 11, 1944 mission to Ruhland.  In need of personnel and Crews, I was transferred to the 100th Bomb Group on Sept 23, 1944.  I flew a few missions with the 351st and 350th BS's as a Command Pilot before I was given command of the 350th Bomb Squadron in October of 1944.  I hold the record for being in command of the 350th BS the longest during the War, six whole months!  My Operations officer was Capt. John Gibbons who went on to fly 49 misisons.    

Mission Memories:
Frankfurt-Jan 45, flak knocked out one engine, damaged another and we had a big bird full of holes.  Deputy lead took over and we headed back to England. We reached the coast but realized we would not make it based on the loss of altitude.  Our emergency field for the day was at Liege but we ended up at an emergency RAF base in Brussels.  We made it too the end of the runway, cut our engines and got out.  All of a sudden, the base commander comes up and says" I command you Sir to move that Aircraft".  I tried to explain to him that if I moved the aircraft of the mesh steel runway the B-17 would "sink to the hub in mud",  Still he persisted so I climbed back into the plane, started her up, and moved her off the runway. Sure enough, she sank right to the hub.  We stayed there the night and was transported the next day back to Thorpe Abbotts. Our B-17 returned a few weeks later, still full of holes"

Berlin Feb 3, 1945:  We were flying deputy lead to Rosie that day.  We were leading the High Group, and at the IP we saw Rosie get hit by Flak and watched as he went down, counting parachutes.  

200th Mission Party: Col Jeffrey and Gen Doolittle are at the Bar and this drunk Bombardier comes up to the General and asks him " Hey Jimmy , who flew your plane for you when you went to Tokyo?"  The General was visually upset and I think that Bombardier was transferred a short time after that.

ME 262.  On the April 10, 1945 mission I was leading he Group and we got hit by German Jets.  This one guy was so close I would recognize him if I saw him on the street.  All our ships got hit that day and we lost two a/c.  All others returned to base with different degrees of battle damage.  

Medals and Ribbons: WW2

DFC with OLC
AIR MEDAL with 6 OLC (2 OLC for Anti Submarine duty)
American Defense Ribbon     (with Battle Star) 
Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon (with Battle Star)
European-Africa-Middle East Theater ribbon with 3 battle stars
Croix de Guerre 

Medals after the War: 
Legion of Merit with OLC


MISSIONS OF LT COL DAVID LYSTER (mpf-2003)

1.    01/09/44   MAINZ, GER.             (flown with 486th BG)
2.    03/09/44   BREST, FR                (flown with 486th BG
3.    10/09/44   GEIBELSTADT, GE)R  (flown with 486th BG
4.    11/09/44   FULDA, GER.             (flown with 486th BG)
5.    13/09/44   DARNSTADT, GER.     (flown with 486th BG)
6.    17/09/44   SOUTHWEST HOLLAD-(FIRST MISSION AS COMMAND LEAD with 486th BG)
7.    21/09/44   LUDWIGSHAVEN, GER.(flew with 486th BG)
       23/09/44  TRANSFERRED TO 100TH BOMB GROUP
8.    03/10/44   NURNBURG, GER.
9.    05/10/44   HANDORF, GER.
10.  06/10/44   BERLIN, GER.
11.  15/10/44   COLOGNE, GER.
12.  22/10/44   MUNSTER, GER.
13.  30/10/44   MERSEBURG, GER,  RECALLED
14.  06/11/44   NEUMUNSTER, GER
15.  16/11/44   AACHEN
16.  29/11/44   HAMM, GER.
17.  05/12/44   BERLIN, GER.
18.  27/12/44  FULDA, GER.
19.  06/02/45  ANNWEILER, GER.
20.  14/01/45  DERBEN, GER
21.  03/02/45  BERLIN, GER.  (flew as Deputy Lead)
22.  17/02/45  FRANKFURT
23.  25/02/45  MUNICH
24.  04/03/45  ULM, GER.
25.  11/03/45  HAMBURG, GER
26.  15/03/45  ORANIENBURG, GER
27.  21/03/45  PLAUEN, GER
28.  28/03/45  HANOVER, GER
29.  17/04/45  AUSSIG, GER.  

Additional Info:
Flew Anti-Submarine patrol with missions flown both in the Pacific and Atlantic with the 46th Bomb Sq, 41st Bomb Group between Dec 41 and Nov 43. I had over 500 hrs prior to going overseas.

REPLY TO: j.blair64@comcast.net

SUBMITTER: Jessica Lyster Blair

EMAIL: j.blair64@comcast.net

PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)

INTEREST: I am the veteran's relative

  

VETERAN: David King Lyster, Col. Ret.

DATE OF DEATH: 06/07/07 

FAMILY CONTACT: 

JessieAnn Lyster Blair

937 Duck Head Rd.

Hephzibah, GA 30815

(706) 830-6734 
 
 
MESSAGE: We just wanted to let you know that one of our heroes from the 100th BG passed away this past Thursday.  As a B-17 pilot, Lt. Col. David K. Lyster flew 28 missions in the European theater.  My daddy was proud to have served with you all.  He retired as a Colonel after serving 28 years.  His funeral with full military honors will be this Tuesday 6/12 at 3:00 pm at Waco Memorial in Waco, Texas.  Thank you for holding high the memory of my father and the men like him who fought to keep men free.

Many regards,
JessieAnn Blair

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PHOTOS:

David K. "Handle Bar Hank" Lyster, the 350th CO when photographed.  (100th Photo Archives)

 "Handle Bar" Hank Lyster - 350th Commanding Officer. (100th Photo Archives) 

 The 350th First Sgt, right, and Col. Lyster's, the Commanding Officer's driver who is not identified. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Col. Dave "Handle Bar Hank" Lyster - 350th Commanding Officer. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Bomber picture #4 close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. "Handlebar Hank" Lyster, C.O. of the 350th B.S. on April 16th, 1942. (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with a General. (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster calling BINGO. (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster in a jet (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster in a jet close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster and friends in the Phillipines (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster and friends in the Phillipines close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster Jan. 18th, 1956 getting Command Pilots Wings (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster Jan. 18th, 1956 close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster marching 350th for Group Inspection after hostilities  (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster marching troops close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster on May 31st, 1940 (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David "Handlebar Hank" Lyster et. al at 300th mission party (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David "Handlebar Hank" Lyster et. al at 300th mission party close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster news article (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster news article (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with friends (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with friends (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with officers (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with officers close-up (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with pipe (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster with plane (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster's friends (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 Lt. Col. David K. Lyster's jeep (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster on stage, May 9th, 1957 (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 David K. Lyster on stage close-up, May 9th, 1957 (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 Story of David K. Lyster's decoration (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

Newspaper article on Lt Col David Lyster. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Maj Lyster, Capt Tienken, Tim McMahon, 350th BS on Parade.  Photo Courtesy of Anne Cowing 

Maj David “Handlebar Hank” Lyster’s Jeep

Lt. Col. David Lyster leading the 350th Squadron

David Lyster (from the collection of John Schwarz)

Colonel David Lyster medals . Courtesy of Grandson Daniel Blair  

Colonel David Lyster medals . Courtesy of Grandson Daniel Blair  

From Left: Capt Seibert, Station Mess Officer, David K. "Handle Bar Hank" Lyster and Robert H, Tienken, 350th Adjutant. This photograph was taken in 1945 at Thorpe Abbotts.   (100th Photo Archives)

350th Airmen; From left John H. Stuhr, "HandleBar Hank" Lyster, 350th Commanding Officer, John F. Murray, and Carl Thorkelson.   (100th Photo Archives)

 David K. Lyster with "Jimbo" (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 John Gibbons, Col. Lyster, Andy (unknown last name) Gibbons crew information, Col. Lyster information 

 From left; John H. Stuhr, NAV; D. K. "Handle Bar Hank" Lyster, Command Pilot; John F. Murray, ROG; Carl E. Thorkelson, Lead Pilot Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Two Texas boys in the 350th, Luther E. Tisdale, crew chief, being congratulated by David K. Lyster CO. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Bomber picture #2 (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 Bomber picture #2 clos-eup (Courtesy of David Lyster Family) 

 Lt Col. David "Handlebar Hank" Lyster - 350th CO, Robert Tienken and Maj John P. "49 Missions" Gibbons. (100th Photo Archives) 

 "Handle Bar Hank" Lyster left and Jack Wallace - they were both Command Pilots. (100th Photo Archives) 

 The first reunion of the 100th after WWII. Bolling Field -- 22 Nov 1946. Pictured are many notables of the group -- Standing L-R Buck Cleven, John Egan,  David Lyster, Jack Wallace, Butch Rovegno, 
Sitting:  Al Paul, Butch Goodwin, Harry Cruver, Horace Varian to name a few. 

Gale W. Cleven addresses 350th personnel upon his return to Thorpe Abbotts in 1945. The popular 350th CO had returned from captivity in April 1945 to the elation of his squadron mates.   (100th Photo Archives, Nathan Howland restored

Maj David “Handlebar Hank” Lyster, Major Gale Cleven Major Gale “Buck” Cleven, Major Robert “Rosie” Rosenthal upon Cleven’s return to Thorpe Abbotts in April 1945. 

 

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