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Gillespie Bryan


Assigned to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. End of War (EOW).

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Defense.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.


Units served with

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Montgomery County, MS, USA 5 June 1917

Son of Leroy C and Mary Ellen [O'Keefe] Bryan.

Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 9 September 1940
Lived in Winona, MS, USA 1941
Pilot training Hicks Airfield, 100 Aviator Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76179, USA 1944

Flight training - Primary - Hicks Field, Fort Worth TX, USA

Pilot training Randolph AFB, TX 78148, USA 1944

Flight training - Basic - Randolph Field, TX, USA

Pilot training Kelly, San Antonio, TX 78227, USA 1944

Flight training - Advanced - Kelly Field, TX, USA

Based Duxford March 1945 – 12 May 1945

Assigned to HQ Sqn, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Duxford 12 May 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Houston, TX, USA 31 March 1984


Date Contributor Update
28 July 2017 16:59:10 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 15:56:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, events and media associations

Merged with duplicate entrie to include details from:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
Unit roster in Fry's book 'Eagles of Duxford', p135;
Unit roster on page 131 in 'Eagles of Duxford' book by Fry

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:27 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list