Gentile, Dominic Salvatore, MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF 1056-Pilot Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1947-1951, US Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1947

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Home Town
Piqua, Ohio
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jan 28, 1951
 
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Major Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile (December 6, 1920 - January 28, 1951) was the WWII USAAF pilot who was the first to break Eddie Rickenbacher's WWI record of 26 downed aircraft.
 


 


 

   
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  • Dominic "Don" S. Gentile

  • Date of birth: 6-Dec-20
  • Date of death: 21-Jan-51
  • Place of Birth: Piqua, Ohio
  • Home of record: Piqua, Ohio
  • Status: DNB

  • At the time of his first DSC mission Captain Gentile was already an ACE with 6.33 victories. General Eisenhower personally presented the award for that mission remarking, "You seem to be a one-man air force." Exactly one month later Captain Gentile again shot down 3 enemy planes in one day, earning a second DSC. By the end of the war he was nearly a QUADRUPLE ACE with 19.83 victories to his credit. He was killed in the crash of a T-33 Shooting Star on January 28, 1951, near Andrews AFB, Maryland. Gentile Air Force Station in Kettering, Ohio, was named in his honor in 1962.

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" S. Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Gentile, while leading a section of Fighter Aircraft on a bomber escort mission to targets in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, saw a flight of bombers being attacked by approximately fifty enemy fighters. With only his wing man as support and without regard to the overwhelming odds against him, Captain Gentile immediately attacked the enemy formation and by extremely courageous flying and skillful gunnery destroyed three enemy planes and broke up the threat against the bombers. Continuing with his wing man, they destroyed three more enemy fighters. By this time the wing man had expended his ammunition and Captain Gentile's supply was very low. Despite this fact, they picked up a straggling bomber and escorted it to friendly territory. Captain Gentile's outstanding courage and determination to destroy the enemy on this occasion set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 36 (June 12, 1944)

Action Date: 8-Mar-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

 
Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" S. Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on April 8, 1944. On this date Captain Gentile destroyed three enemy fighters and assisted in destruction of a fourth in a single engagement. Captain Gentile's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 23 (1944)

Action Date: 8-Apr-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

 
 
   
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   1942-1944, AAF 1081, USAAF 8th Army Air Force

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September / 1942
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April / 1944
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USAAF 8th Army Air Force Unit Page
Rank
Major
MOS
AAF 1081-Fighter Unit Commander
Location
RAF Debden (AAF-156)
Country/State
United Kingdom
 
 
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 USAAF 8th Army Air Force Details

USAAF 8th Army Air Force
Type
Air Unit
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Parent Unit
European Theater
Strength
Command
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2017
   
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Other Memories
In September 1942, the Eagle squadrons transferred to the USAAF, becoming the 4th Fighter Group. Gentile became a flight commander in September 1943, now flying the P-47 Thunderbolt. Having been Spitfire pilots, Gentile and the other pilots of the 4th were displeased when they transitioned to the heavy P-47. By late 1943 Group Commander Col. Don Blakeslee pushed for re-equipment with the lighter, more maneuverable, P-51 Mustang. Conversion to the P-51B at the end of February 1944 allowed Gentile to build a tally of 15.5 additional aircraft destroyed between March 3 and April 8, 1944. After downing 3 planes on April 8, he was the top scoring 8th Air Force ace when he crashed his personal P-51, named "Shangri La", on April 13, 1944 while stunting over the 4th FG's airfield at Debden for a group of assembled press reporters and movie cameras.

   
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Don's mishap
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USAAF 8th Army Air Force

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Egnes, Hubert Iver, LTC, (1940-1944) AV AAF 1081 Lieutenant Colonel
Meyer, John Charles, LTC, (1939-1947) AV AAF 1081 Lieutenant Colonel
Schilling, David Carl, COL, (1939-1947) AV AAF 1081 Lieutenant Colonel
England, John Brooke, MAJ, (1942-1947) AV AAF 1081 Major
Schilling, David Carl, COL, (1939-1947) AV AAF 1081 Major
Smith, William Franklin, LTC, (1942-1945) AV AAF 1063 Lieutenant Colonel
Cramer, Thomas Rees, MAJ, (1941-1943) AV AAF 1093 Major
Ward, Ralph Beasley, MAJ, (1941-1947) AV AAF 1092 Major
Bither, Waldo J., MAJ, (1925-1947) AV AAF 4825 Captain
Davis, Devon Maurice, CPT, (1941-1947) AV AAF 1024 Captain
Evans, Vincent B., MAJ, (1941-1945) AV AAF 1036 Captain
Leighton, Charles B., CPT, (1942-1945) AV AAF 1035 Captain
Morgan, Robert Knight, LTC, (1940-1945) AV AAF 1092 Captain
Scott, Eldred Von, LTC, (1924-1959) AV AAF 4825 Captain
Seegers, Boone Daniel, MAJ, (1941-1950) AV AAF 1092 Captain
Tibbets, Paul Warfield, Jr., BG, (1937-1966) AV AAF 1092 Captain
Verinis, James Angelo, LTC, (1940-1947) AV AAF 1055 Captain
Bragg, Kendrick R., CPT, (1942-1945) AV AAF 1092 First Lieutenant
Dondero, Joseph, 1LT, (1942-1945) AV AAF 1093 First Lieutenant
Eck, Harry W., 1LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1092 First Lieutenant
Hermann, Robert AV AAF 770 First Lieutenant
McKee, Douglas Parker, 1LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1037 First Lieutenant
Pascual, Raymond, 1LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1036 First Lieutenant
Saunders, Jack J., 1LT, (1943-1944) AV AAF 1091 First Lieutenant
Sisler, Darrell Clarence, 1LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1092 First Lieutenant
Van Kirk, Theodore Jerrome, CPT, (1941-1946) AV AAF 1035 First Lieutenant
Bishop, Robert R., 2LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1093 Second Lieutenant
Gatrell, John David, 2LT, (1941-1944) AV AAF 1055 Second Lieutenant
Holt, James Alvin, 2LT, (1943-1945) AV AAF 1055 Second Lieutenant
Luce, Arthur William, 2LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1055 Second Lieutenant
Nelson, Garnett Otis, 2LT AV AAF 1035 Second Lieutenant
Sauer, John R., 2LT AV AAF 1035 Second Lieutenant
Wells, Millard Chandler, 2LT, (1942-1944) AV AAF 1055 Second Lieutenant
Bovey, Bruce Delmar, (1942-1945) AV AAF 1055 Flight Officer
Buckley, Wilbur R., T/Sgt, (1943-1945) AV AAF 757 Technical Sergeant
Davis, Robert L., T/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 612 Technical Sergeant
Meriwether, Charles James, T/Sgt, (1941-1942) AV AAF 737 Technical Sergeant
Ray, Leonard J., T/Sgt, (1941-1944) AV AAF 748 Technical Sergeant
Stiglitz, Hyman, T/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 757 Technical Sergeant
Streets, Henry James, T/Sgt, (1942-1945) AV AAF 611 Technical Sergeant
Watkins Jr, Ralph, S/Sgt, (1943-1946) AV AAF 612 Technical Sergeant
Abbott, George Edward, S/Sgt, (1943-1944) AV AAF 509 Staff Sergeant
Canty, John H., S/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 748 Staff Sergeant
Cotey, Robert L., S/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 612 Staff Sergeant
Crossley, Donald W., S/Sgt, (1943-1945) AV AAF 611 Staff Sergeant
Flood, Robert J., S/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 748 Staff Sergeant
Gabay, Eugene, Sgt, (1942-1945) AV AAF 611 Staff Sergeant
Gabay, John, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) AV AAF 611 Staff Sergeant
Halbritter, John Frank, S/Sgt, (1943-1945) AV AAF 611 Staff Sergeant
Larrivee, Francis E., S/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 612 Staff Sergeant
Magee, Alan Eugene, T/Sgt, (1941-1945) AV AAF 611 Staff Sergeant
Middleton, Dean, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) AV AAF 509 Staff Sergeant
Quinlan, John P., T/Sgt, (1942-1945) AV AAF 611 Staff Sergeant
Robinson, Travis Lamar, S/Sgt, (1941-1945) AV AAF 612 Staff Sergeant
Schlosser, Walter O., S/Sgt, (1942-1944) AV AAF 612 Staff Sergeant
Weidenbach, Edward Joseph, CW2, (1954-1967) AV AAF 612 Staff Sergeant

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