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Edward Lesinski, decorated WWII fighter pilot
Dec. 18, 1920 -- July 7, 2007

Edward Lesinski, who earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Silver Star and a Purple Heart as a fighter pilot during World War II, died Saturday in Greenfield Health Care Center, Lancaster.

Born in Winchester, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service before joining the Army Air Forces. He was assigned to the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot, escorting planes on more than 70 bombing missions.

He earned the rank of captain and was twice wounded by enemy aircraft fire.

After his discharge, Mr. Lesinski operated a bar and restaurant on Walden Avenue and was a partner in the Elma Fur Farm, which raised minks.

He then was owner of Buffalo Finising Works, which cleaned, painted and finished metal products for commercial, automotive and governmental uses.

Mr. Lesinski was a 40-year member of Lancaster Country Club. He played in Florida golf tournaments with such celebrities as Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Grabbenstatter.

Services will be private.

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