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Morris Edward Gallant

Military

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x victory on 5-Dec-44. Failed to Return (FTR) A/C test hop in P-51B 42-106721 'Sergeant', lost into North Sea off Great Yarmouth. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11873

Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106721 'Sergeant'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) A/C test hop with 1LtMorris E. Gallant, lost into North Sea off Great Yarmouth. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11873

  • 44-14555 'Pretty Pat'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ramrod to Ruhland, Germany; hit by flak strafing ground targets, pilot 1st Lt Rocco R LePore force landed POW. MACR 12871

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, VT 13 October 1920

Son of Ray Gallant.

Connecticut 1942

Entered service from Connecticut.

Enlisted Boston, MA 9 October 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

Based Leiston 1944 – 19 January 1945

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Force landing Leiston, UK 22 October 1944

Belly landed in P-51D 44-14555 Leiston 22-Oct-44. RTD

Died North Sea Off Great Yarmouth 19 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) A/C test hop in P-51B 42-106721 'Sergeant', lost into North Sea off Great Yarmouth. KIA MACR 11873

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2021 16:21:54 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56289905/morris-e-gallant

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2021 16:16:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46710022
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953046
https://www.fold3.com/image/688594584
https://www.fold3.com/record/83423090/morris-e-gallant-wwii-army-enlistm...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529897169/morris-e-gallant-american-battle-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/717742778/gallant-morris-e-defense-powmia-a...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56289905/morris-e-gallant

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / The 357th Over Europe

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