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Gilbert Gary Ross

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, OTU training, assigned to 71S, P/O on probation, transferred to 334 FS, promoted 2nd Lt, Take Off Accident RAF Debden, EssexCat 3 damage, Spitfire BL449. 30-12-42, on ferry flight from Warton to Steeple Morden when P47 42-8464 developed propellor problems bailed out low and A/C crashed nearby at Uttoxeter, Staffs 5-9-43, crashed belly landing Langford Lodge/Sta 597, Ireland, Cat 4 damage P-47D 42-74643 87FRS 27FRG 8AF 2-10-43.
Landing accident [Mech Failure] at Furstenfeldbruck AB, Germany, T-33A 49-0882 Cat 1 damage, 23rd FBS 36th FBG 12th AF 7-8-51.

Served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Awards: AM (14OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN medal.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 27th Air Transport Group
  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 334th Fighter Squadron

    334th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex. The "Fighting Eagles" as they were called, flew...

  • No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • 41-6410 "Little Butch"

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • AB929

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire AB929 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL449

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL449 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 42-74643 'Ole Puss'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Crashed Belly Landing Langford Lodge/Sta 597, Ireland Cat 4 damage Pilot Lt Gilbert G Ross 87FRS, 27FRG, 8AF, 2-10-43. Take Off accident Halesworth/Sta 365, Cat 3 damage, pilot unknown 63FS, 56FG, 8AF. 4-3-44.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL, USA 31 August 1917

Born - 31 August 1917 Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Lived in Albuquerque, NM, USA 1940

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion onto Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1941 – 14 September 1942

Assigned to 71 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, P/O on probation.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 September 1942 – 10 August 1943

Transferred to 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF 15-9-42 / 10-8-43.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK October 1942

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Take Off Accident Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 December 1942

Take Off Accident RAF Debden, EssexCat 3 damage, Spitfire BL449. 30-12-42.

Transferred Warton, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65, UK August 1943

Transferred 87th FRS 27th FRG 8th AF USAAF.

Bailed out ferry flight Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK 5 September 1943

On ferry flight from Warton to Steeple Morden when P47 42-8464 developed propellor problems. Bailed out low and A/C crashed nearby at Uttoxeter, Staffs. 5-9-43.

Crashed belly landing 2 October 1943

Crashed belly landing Langford Lodge/Sta 597, Ireland, Cat 4 damage P-47D 42-74643 87th FRS 27th FRG 8th AF 2-10-43.

Post WWII USAF career 1945 – 1955

Served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring from the USAF as a Lt Colonel.

Landing accident in T33 jet Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany 7 August 1951

Landing accident [Mech Failure] at Furstenfeldbruck AB, Germany, T-33A 49-0882 Cat 1 damage, 23rd FBS 36th FBG 12th AF 7-8-51.

Died Bexar County, TX, USA 1 February 1967

Died - 1 February 1967 Bexar County, Texas, USA.

Buried Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 4 February 1967

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2021 22:54:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3046485/gilbert-gery-ross

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2017 15:36:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 18:21:34 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_ro...

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 21:58:54 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_ro...

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 21:56:09 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_ro...

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 21:54:27 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_ro...

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 21:20:55 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_ro...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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