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Russell F Gustke

Military

Flight Leader 48th FS 14th FG MTO 1942-43
Ass't Gp OPS officer 55th FG ETO 1943-44
CO 77th FS 20th FG ETO 1944
Deputy Gp CO 20th FG 1944-45
3 air kills (1 FW-190 + 2 ME-109s), 3 probable + 5 damaged 696 combat hours
P-38J s/n 42-67472 LC+A
P-51D s/n 44-14744 LC+E
Post war CO Ellington AFB, Houston, Texas
Maj. Gen. USAFR retired

Service

Units served with

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Youks-les-Bains

    Military site : airfield

  • Bertreaux

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2019 11:24:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
King's Cliffe Memorial Edition

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2019 11:21:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and media associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 00:08:02 fugari Changes to firstname
Sources

corrected name JCook

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 00:04:48 fugari Changes to biography and media associations
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2017 23:54:58 fugari Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, unit associations and place associations
Sources

JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / WWW.55th.org roster

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