Willard G Gillette

Military

Object Number - UPL 20651 - 1st Lt Willard G 'G.I' Gillette Jr 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Lt. Willard G "GI" Gillette was a colourful pilot who survived a mid-air collision, taxi accidents, and the loss of his P-51's tail section in a dive. He also lost a wingman to enemy action, prior to completing his tour of duty on 25 October 1944.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Post War:
1945 Assigned 2539th BU at Foster Field, Texas
1946 Flight Instructor; evaluated returning POW’s abilities to recommend if they could return to flying status
1951-60 Contracted by the USAF as Flight instructor
1968-84 Senior Flight Instructor, Japan Airlines
1978 Retired from USAFR as a Lieutenant Colonel

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Ottawa, KS 66067, USA 11 May 1918

Other

Assigned

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 May 1944 - 25 October 1944 Assigned 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 1-May-44 / 25-Oct-44. End Tour of Duty (ETD). 4.5 Victories (3 air/ 1.5 ground).

Other

Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 25 June 1944 Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

Revisions

Date30 Jun 2016 05:59:51
ContributorVirginia Young
Sources

Conversation with Willard Gillette

Date22 Mar 2015 10:13:11
Contributorapollo11
Sources

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

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:27
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

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