2/Lt. Hugh E. Gillette

(Robert M. Littlefield)

2/Lt. Hugh E. Gillette

38th FS  03 April 1943 - 18 October 1943 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CG-I 42-66719

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
04 18 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes From Silverdale, Washington.
Known as 'Bud'
Army Serial Number was O-740169
03 April 1943 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
Assistant Flight Leader in 'B' flight
18 October 1943 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 01040
Lt. Gillette was the first combat loss of the 55th Fighter Group, which had flown its first mission only three days before.
Lt. Gillette was flying with the 343rd Fighter Squadron on the 18 October 1943, as Whiteman 49. Lt. Gillette bailed out of his burning plane 50 miles east of Clacton, England (over the channel).  Air Sea rescue planes were unable to find Lt. Gillette.

Lt. Gillette's name is recorded on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Additional Photo Photo of Lt. Gillette's name on the Wall of the Missing, Madingley Cemetery, Cambridge, England. (R. Abbey)

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