2/Lt. John R. Gehrig

(F. Birtciel)

2/Lt. John R. Gehrig

343rd FS  07 January 1945 - September 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CY-W 44-14379 "Hiya Mert" (D. Ciamaricone)

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Born on 27th January 1924
Known as 'Lou'
07th January 1945 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
April 1945 - Promoted from Flight Officer to 2nd Lieutenant
April 1945 - Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
April 1945 - Awarded 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
September 1945 - Transferred to the 27th Fighter Group
Passed away on 23rd February 2009
Memories "A most likeable person and a good pilot" Frank Birtciel

"Lou (as we of the 55th Fighter group called him) was a wonderful man and good friend. We flew together and had much "fun" during the war in Wormingford, England. I (we all) will miss him." Dick Baribault

"I was John's commander in the 343rd Fighter Squadron in England during WWII. He was a great fighter pilot and a superb human being. I have treasured his friendship since the war. He was active in our 55th Fighter Group Association. I am sorry to lose such a fine friend." Edward Giller

"I didn't know John during our combat days, because I was flying in the 38th Squadron. However, I was fortunate to meet and enjoy his humor and wisdom during many discussions at our 55th reunions." John Cunnick

Additional Photo (L-R) Lts. Erickson, Cohen, Gehrig and Gifford (F. Birtciel)

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