Don Gentile

Piqua, OH

Don Gentile in his P-51 Mustang "Shangri-La"



Don Gentile's Medals

Airmedal DSC DFC
Airmedal Distinguished Service Cross Distinguished Flying Cross
(? Oak Leaf Clusters) (? Oak Leaf Clusters)


Assigned Aircraft

AIRCRAFT SERIAL NUMBER CALL LETTERS DATES ASSIGNED DESCRIPTION DISPOSITION
Spitfire MkVb BL255 MD-T 10/42 "Buckeye-Don", boxing eagle on light color circle, 2 black and white kill swastikas under nameUnk
P-47D 42-8659 VF-T 2/44 "Donnie Boy", 4th FG boxing eagle emblem on light circle with 2 kill crosses on white nose bandTransferred 2/25/44
P-51B 43-6913 VF-T Spring '44 "Shangri-La", boxing eagle on yellow circle, 4x14 rows or red and white checkers under manifolds, 30 black and white kill crosses on left cowling to canopy on white scroll in 2 rows, regular canopy, olive drab and grey, white ETO bands on mainplanes onlySalvaged 4/13/44 after Gentile "pranged" it during a low level buzz of the field for photographers after his last mission


Victories

(includes only those while in the 4th FG)



Date Enemy A/C Air/Ground Place Number
12/16/43 Ju-88 Air unk 0.33
1/5/44 FW-190 Air 15 mi west of Tours, Fr. 1
1/14/44 FW-190 Air unk 2
2/25/44 FW-190 Air 20 mi s/e of Luxembourg, Lux. 1
3/3/44 FW-190 Air Wittenburg area, Ger. 2
3/8/44 Me-109 Air Berlin suburbs, Ger. 3.5
3/18/44 FW-190 Air Augsburg area, Ger. 1
3/23/44 Me-109 Air Munster area, Ger. 2
3/27/44 Me-110 Ground Cazaux A/D, Fr. 2
3/29/44 FW-190 Air Brunswick area, Ger. 2
3/29/44 Me-109 Air n/e of Brunswick area, Ger. 1
4/1/44 Me-109 Air Unk 1
4/5/44 Ju-88 Ground Stendal A/D, Ger. 4
4/8/44 FW-190 Air near Ruhrburg, Ger. 3

TOTAL VICTORIES 4TH FG
Air Ground Total Air Ground Total
21.8 6 27.8 21.8 6 27.8


Career Highlights/Lowlights


Other Don Gentile Information

A newspaper article about Don Gentile upon his being inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame

Don Gentile's profile in the National Aviation Hall of Fame

U.S.A.A.F. Legends



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