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Frank D Gallion


On 17-Sept-43 he was involved in an accident in P-47 41-6329.

Killed in Action (KIA) on 3-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47D 42-7924 [OP:F] while on a mission to escort B-17s attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The flight took-off from Halesworth as a more forward operating station for this mission. The flight was attacked by German fighters at the Dutch coast and he and his aircraft were shot down and crashed into the IJsselmeer, Holland. He was shot down on the same mission as Ivan Moon - killed in Action (KIA).

His remains were recovered from the sea off the Netherlands in 1995 during dredging operations. The plane, which was broken in two, was still equipped with three of its six machine guns when it was raised from the sea. It was the most complete airplane wreck recovered in the Netherlands since the war. Gallion was still in the cockpit of the plane.

He was Commemorted on the Wall of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery in 1945 and his name remains there.



  • Ivan Moon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 3-Nov-43 as pilot of P-47C 41-6587 [QP:M], 4FG/334FS when his aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters over Holland while on a mission to escort B-17 bomber attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The flight took...

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Units served with

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...


  • 42-7924

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-1-RE 42-7984 was assigned to the 4FG/334FS at Debden, UK. On 3-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by F/O Frank D. Gallion, had been relocated to Halesworth, UK as a more forward base for despatch on this mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at...

  • 41-6329

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-168 BOMBER ESCORT

    3 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to provide escort, to and from the target, of B-17 bomber formations attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. There are NO losses and the...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) IJsselmeer, Netherlands 3 November 1943

Killed in Action when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the IJsselmeer while on a mission to escort bombers attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery. His remains were recovered on 10-Feb-1995 and were repatriated to the United States (location unknown)


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 21:16:48 René Changes to biography and events

various language errors

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 20:51:46 René Changes to biography

changed invovled into involved, filght into flight

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2015 21:34:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 8-Jul-2015. Added connections to Place (Halesworth take-off location), AIrcraft and Mission; Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added mission and loss details to Summary Bigography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2015 19:43:36 apollo11 Changes to biography and person associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2015 19:40:02 apollo11 Changes to role, biography, events and place associations

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1048/4126, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 357 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list