Maj. Sam D. Gevorkian


(F. Birtciel)

Maj. Sam D. Gevorkian

338th FS - 14 June 1944 - 26 August 1944 (Missing in Action - Evaded)
338th FS - 08 October 1944 - 08 August 1945 (Killed in Action - Crashed)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL-F 44-14156

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
262 02 November 1944 Merseberg
291 24 December 1944  Babenhausen
367 10 April 1945 Burg Airfield
369 16 April 1945 Salzburg
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged
Score Detail 02 November 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) NW Leipzig
24 December 1944  (.5)Me-109 destroyed (air) Friedburg
24 December 1944  (.5)FW-190 destroyed (air) Friedburg
10 April 1945  (2)Ju-88 destroyed (ground) Burg
10 April 1945  FW-190 destroyed (ground) Burg
16 April 1945  (3)FW-190 destroyed (ground) Landshutt
16 April 1945  (3)FW-190 damaged (ground) Landshutt
Notes Born in Chicago, Illinois on 29 November 1921.
14 June 1944 - Assigned to 338th Fighter Squadron
10 July 1944 - Sent on Detached Service to 362nd FS, 357th FG
04 August 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
26 August 1944 - Crash landed on the beach at Cap Ferret, France (Evaded)
08 October 1944 - Re-assigned to 338th Fighter Squadron
12 October 1944 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
30 November 1944 - Awarded 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
22 December 1944 - Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
26 December 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
07 January 1945 - Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
January 1945 - Awarded 6th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
15 February 1945 - Awarded 7th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
15 June 1945 - Promoted from Captain to Major

MACR No. 08534

Lts. Gevorkian and Kester crash landed their P-51s on the same beach in southern France and evaded through Spain together.

Gevorkian and Kester's story
(Reproduced with the kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield, from the author's book, Double Nickel, Double Trouble.
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Nb. LtCol. John McGinn's P-51D-5-NA-44-13954 CL-P "Da'Quake", crash-landed by Capt. Gevorkian on the beach at Cap Ferret, France, is currently being restored to flying condition by Dave Kingshott in the UK.  The aircraft was recovered by the Musee de L'Air on 3 May 1981.

Major Gevorkian was killed in a P-51 accident, on 8th August 1945, whilst on occupation duty in southern Germany.

Awards
Memories Katharine Brush for Cosmopolitan Magazine reported about Capt. Sam Gevorkian, 338th Fighter Squadron, finding himself engaged in solitary battle with a flock of German fighters, who called happily over the radio to squadron mates flying high above him, "Hey fellows, come on down here!  I've got ten Focke-Wulfs surrounded."
(Reproduced with the kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield, from the author's book, Double Nickel, Double Trouble.
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Additional Photographs
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Capt. Sam D. Gevorkian (Robert M. Littlefield)
P-51D 44-13954 Da Quake CL-P on beach in Cap Ferret, France (Robert M. Littlefield)
P-51D 44-13954 Da Quake CL-P on beach in Cap Ferret, France (Robert M. Littlefield)
P-51D 44-13954 Da Quake CL-P on beach in Cap Ferret, France (Robert M. Littlefield)
(
L-R) Kester and Gevorkian, looking dejected having landed their P-51Ds on the beach at Cap Ferret.  With them is Prince Stanislas Poniatowski of the F.F.I.) (Robert M. Littlefield)

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