GABRESKI, TOP ACE WITH 28 KILLS, CAN’T SEEM TO FIND NO. 29

From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

AN EIGHTH P47 BASE, July 14 (AP)–Lt. Col. Francis E. Gabreski, top American ace, is beginning to despair of fattening his score of 28 Nazi planes shot out of the air.

“I’ve flown five missions since I got number 28 and haven’t seen an enemy plane or fired a shot,” he said today.

“I’m going to fly on through next week and then stooge around England for a while before I go home for 30 days leave.”



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Francis “Gabby” Gabreski was credited with 28 kills during WWII. On July 20, 1944 he was captured after he damaged his P-47 ‘s propeller during a strafing run. After WWII he flew in the Korean War and achieved 6 1/2 MIG-15 kills.



For Further Reading Check Out:

Gabby: A Fighter Pilot’s Life: Frances Gabreski as told to Carl Molesworth


Not Quite a Hero: Fighting the MiGs with Gabreski, Mahurin and Adams


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