1/Lt. James W. Gilbride


(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. James W. Gilbride

343rd FS  15 March 1943 - 29 November 1943 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CY-L 42-67053 "Vivacious Vera"
(Assigned to Lt. Gilbride on 10 October 1943 and named after his wife, Vera Etta Gilbride).

Mission History

10 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
03 17 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
05 19 October 1943 Sweep - Amiens Area
06 20 October 1943 Duren
08 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven
10 05 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen
11 07 November 1943 Sweep - Ostend-St. Omer Area
12 07 November 1943 Sweep - Lille Area
13 10 November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome
18 29 November 1943 Bremen
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes ASN - O-740168
15 March 1943 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
17 October 1943 - Flew first combat mission
28 November 1943 - Posthumously promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
29 November 1943 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 01272
Lt. Gilbride bailed out of his aeroplane, but had a parachute failure.

Received the Silver Star for gallantry, when alone, he had attacked and driven off a group of enemy fighters who were attacking a crippled American B-17 bomber.
04 March 1944 - Posthumously awarded the Silver Star
04 March 1944 - Posthumously awarded the Air Medal
04 March 1944 - Posthumously awarded the Purple Heart

Lt. Gilbride is buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.
Awards
Memories  
Additional Photo Lt. Gilbride's Grave at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. (Stevin Oudshoorn)
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