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Paul J Sabo

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Flight leader 77th FS 20th FG 8th AF 1943-44
CO 485th FS 370th FG 9th AF 1944-45
1.33 air kills (plus ground claims) 1/3 on Feb 5, 1944 with 77th FS + 1 on Oct 20, 1944.
P-38J s/n 44-23624 7F+S (bar) "Les Vine, Les Femmes et Les Chansons"

Captain Paul Sabo, 370th FG July 31, 1944
“I was leading Blue Flight circling the target area giving Red Flight Top Cover as they were dive bombing the target. Circling above us at about 12,000 feet were 12 Me 109s. I kept watching them; then 8 of them half rolled and got behind my flight. I gave the order to jettison our bombs and break. I dropped flaps and started in a tight Lufberry. When I had completed one turn I was alone, and at that time I saw an Me 109 in a vertical turn coming in front of me so I started firing at him at a 90 degree deflection shot. He flew right into the pattern and I saw strikes on him from nose to tail. The plane seemed to shudder and slow down. I was about 200 yards when I started to fire. The Me 109 then made a 90 degree turn to the left and started to climb as if he was going to loop. I followed him, closing to about 100 yards, fired and saw strikes all over his canopy, fuselage and tail surfaces. As he was about at the top of his loop and almost on his back, I saw what looked like his canopy come off, as the plane seemed to hang there. It looked like I had wounded the pilot during the first 90 degree deflection shot and he was rolling it over on his back to jettison his canopy and bail out. About that time I looked in my rear view mirror and saw an Me 109 on my tail. I dropped flaps and turned into him. He half rolled and went down. As I rolled out I saw an Me 109 coming down in front of me. I opened up again and gave him a 90-degree deflection shot. He ran into my pattern and I saw strikes all over the plane. I followed him and kept firing from directly behind him, seeing strikes on his tail surfaces. Then he proceeded to go down in a wild dive from about 5000 feet. I looked back in my mirror again, because all during this time I was still alone. My flight had left me. I saw another Me 109 coming in on my tail. I dropped flaps, leveled out and turned into him. He automatically went into a steep climb and I lost him in the sun. When I looked I saw no more enemy and called my Flight to join me.”

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  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

  • Florennes / Juzaine

    Military site : airfield

  • Chanute Field

    Military site : airfield
    Chanute Field was established in 1917 as a training ground for pilots. After a brief closure at the end of the First World War, the airfield was designated a technical school and provided training for ground personnel during the Second World War. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Enlisted New Castle, PA, USA 1 September 1939
Died Southfield, MI, USA 30 April 1986
Lived in Farrell, PA, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 01:49:08 PJson Changes to place associations
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RJ Sabo

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28 February 2018 20:21:59 fugari Changes to biography and media associations
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Jcook Photo Collection & Archives

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26 February 2018 04:54:11 PJson Changes to place associations
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Provided by Paul J. Sabo's son

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26 February 2018 04:16:40 PJson Changes to biography
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Provided by Paul J. Sabo's son

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25 February 2018 17:52:59 PJson Changes to biography
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Provided by Paul J. Sabo's son

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25 February 2018 17:10:00 PJson Changes to service number
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Provided by Paul J. Sabo's son

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25 February 2018 17:02:51 PJson Changes to place associations
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Provided by Paul J. Sabo's son

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25 February 2018 16:32:08 PJson Changes to biography and events
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Provided by his son

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24 February 2018 23:29:42 PJson Changes to awards
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By his son

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24 February 2018 23:27:34 PJson Changes to suffix and nickname
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By his son

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2016 01:13:08 fugari Changes to highest rank, role, awards, unit associations and media associations
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cook

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:15 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / King's Cliffe Memorial Edition / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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