October 14, 2002
Adrian Leist Caldwell spoke to a group at the 8th AF Reunion in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The picture above is of Adrian and her husband, Robert, with the collage presented
to Adrian by a Dutch gentleman she met in Charleston. The gift of this collage of pictures
of the cemetery in Margraten, Holland is the catalyst that awakened my yearning to find my father.
I will be eternally grateful to Mr. Nico Van Vliet and his son, Nicolass for this gift of honor.
Adrian Leist Caldwell,
Daughter of S/Sgt. Leroy E. Leist,
tail gunner on B-17 with 418th Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, 8th AF
Lost at sea 4 February 1944 off the coast of Holland. Memorialized
on the Tablets of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery,
and Memorial Margraten, Holland