Flight Officer Frank D. Gallion poses with a RCAF trainer aircraft.
F/O. Frank D Gallion, Buried in Pleasant Grove Methodist Cemetery in Fulton Township, Pennsylvania. In 1995,
Gallion’s body was found in the cockpit of his Thunderbolt when the wreck was discovered in the Zuider Zee.
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.
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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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...
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...
Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.
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...
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...
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...
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||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.
||Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten
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)