American Fight Ace, Joined the Army Air Corp in April of 1941. Member of the famed 56FG, "Zemke's Wolf Pack", 62nd PS Dog Patch B Flight Leader. Awarded Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and Four Air Medals. During 20 years of service held various command and staff positions at Headquarters USAAF; Caribbean Air Command, Lima Peru. Tactical Air Command, Langley, AFB. Base Commander USAF Europe, Chaumont, France.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
Assigned to 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. 78 x missions, credited 2 x victories. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Awards: DFC (OLC), SS, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 507th Fighter Group
1st Lt Walter R. Frederick 8th AF 56th FG 63rd.
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
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...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 56th Fighter Group
Walker Mahurin joined the 56th Fighter Group in July 1942 and arrived in the UK in January 1943. He was later promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. He claimed his first victories during the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission,...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Group Commander; Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I. Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. Retired from...
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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...
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