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ENGLAND-Lot of things happened to Francis S. Gabreski, Oil City, Pa., on 25 January 1944. Seen here stepping out of his 8th Air force Thunderbolt on that day, he scored his 11th victory, reached a birthday, and was promoted to Lt. Colonel. The flier congratulating him is Major Sylvester V Burke, Dumont MN.

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  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • Sylvester Burke

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. Squadron commander 63FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII fighter command. Awards: DFC(3OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.

  • Francis Gabreski

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Francis S Gabreski (born Franciszek Gabryszewski) was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in July 1940, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Reserve in March 1941 and was posted to...


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07 August 2017 12:00:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations