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P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Dominic 'Don' Gentile. He claimed 7.5 of his 21 victories in this aircraft. Don Gentile crashed this A/C whilst displaying to reporters after his final mission at his home base Debden on 13-Apr-44.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • John Ferra

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 4th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. John Ferra was the one time crew chief of Captain Don Gentile for which he is most famous for. After Gentile was sent home, Ferra took care of 4 other kites until he was sent home in September 1945. ...

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

  • Richard Mansfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Crew chief
    Dick Mansfield was the one-time assistant crew chief to Don Gentile for which he is most known for. Dick's hometown was Longmeadow, Massachusetts. After Gentile was sent home Mansfield took care of 3 other aircraft before being sent home in September...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
E/A destroyed x 3 Berlin, Germany 8 March 1944

3 x Bf109 destroyed Berlin. Pilot Don Gentile 8-Mar-44.

E/A destroyed 1/2 Berlin, Germany 8 March 1944

1/2 Bf109 destroyed Berlin. Pilot Don Gentile 8-Mar-44.

E/A destroyed Augsburg, Germany 18 March 1944

Fw190 destroyed Augsberg. Pilot Don Gentile 18-Mar-44.

E/A destroyed x 3 Rührbergstraße, 79639 Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany 8 April 1944

3 x Fw190 destroyed Ruhrburg. Pilot Don Gentile 8-Apr-44.

Final mission 13 April 1944
Crashed RAF Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 April 1944

Dominic Gentile crashed whilst displaying to reporters after his final mission at his home base on 13-Apr-44.


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14 March 2016 17:21:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events and unit associations

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26 April 2015 10:39:53 apollo11 Changes to events

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

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25 February 2015 16:58:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to markings and unit associations

Amendments to a/c code and unit connections - - Little Friends at

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01 December 2014 14:46:21 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and media associations

Added markings based on associated media

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24 October 2014 13:18:11 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations


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24 October 2014 13:07:22 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations


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24 October 2014 13:02:21 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer and nicknames