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Major Merle "Jackie" Gilbertson of the 20th Fighter Group sitting in his damaged P-51. Evidence of the damage can be seen by the bandage below his right eye.



  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

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  • Merle Gilbertson

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot - Squadron Operations Officer
    Flora, North Dakota's Maj. Merle J. "Jackie" Gilbertson had a combat career that spanned nearly the entire time the 20th Fighter Group was active during the war. He joined the 55th Fighter Squadron at March Field on 9 February, 1943 and after training...


Date Contributor Update
03 December 2016 22:46:36 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption

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Date Contributor Update
20 September 2016 18:30:27 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations