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
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
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
Awards
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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