Frank D Gallion

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media-13990.jpeg UPL 13990 Flight Officer Frank D. Gallion poses with a RCAF trainer aircraft.

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

Object Number - UPL 13990 - Flight Officer Frank D. Gallion poses with a RCAF trainer aircraft.

Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Sept-43 he was involved in an accident in P-47 41-6329. RTD



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). MACR 10428



Awards: AM, PH.



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

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885940
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Killbuck, OH 19 September 1914 Son of Mrs John Skelley.

Died

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.

Other

Tablets of the Missing

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.

Buried/ Commemorated

Bellevue Cemetery Bellevue, Huron County, OH Bellevue Cemetery Bellevue, Huron County, Ohio Memorialised on wife's headstone.

Buried/ Commemorated

Pleasant Grove Cemetery Killbuck, Holmes County, OH Interred Pleasant Grove Cemetery Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio

Enlisted

Enlisted with RCAF.

Other

Flight training

Camp Borden, Canada Advanced pilot training. Camp Borden, Canada. Commissioned.

Other

Transferred USAAF

Transferred from RCAF to USAAF.

Revisions

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various language errors

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changed invovled into involved, filght into flight

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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.

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

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

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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

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