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Gordon J Blake

Military

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Credited 2 x victories. During 2nd tour, Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission to Oil tanks in Frankfurt. A/C abandoned, baled out successfully Boppard, Germany, Prisoner of War (POW). 18-Nov-44. MACR 10333.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-28623

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Strafing mission to Oil tanks in Frankfurt. A/C abandoned, pilot Capt Gordon J Blake Prisoner of War (POW). 18-Nov-44. MACR 10333.

  • 42-22744 'El Shaf-toe'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 2nd Lt Gordon J Blake.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wyomina, New York, USA 6 September 1921

Son of John C Blake.

Enlisted Elmira, NY, USA 22 January 1942
Based Boxted 23 August 1943 – 18 November 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK February 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Germany 8 March 1944

E/A destroyed. 8-Mar-44.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK August 1944

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD)

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 2 October 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Baled out POW 56154 Boppard, Germany 18 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission to Oil tanks in Frankfurt. A/C abandoned, baled out successfully Boppard, Germany, Prisoner of War (POW). 18-Nov-44. MACR 10333.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 18 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Wyoming, NY 14591, USA 13 June 1974
Buried Wyoming, NY 14591, USA September 1974

Wyoming Cemetery
Wyoming
Wyoming County
New York, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 11:35:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-22744&Submit=S...
https://www.fold3.com/page/83527915_gordon_j%20blake/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Blake%2C+Gordo...
http://wwii-pows.mooseroots.com/l/12737/Gordon-J-Blake
http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/p-47/p-47-encounter-reports.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94701850

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2016 11:22:13 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=42-22744&Submit=S...
https://www.fold3.com/page/83527915_gordon_j%20blake/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Blake%2C+Gordo...
http://wwii-pows.mooseroots.com/l/12737/Gordon-J-Blake
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94701850

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10333 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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