On July 5, 1944, Francis ‘Gabby’ Gabreski shot down his 28th German plane. It would make him the top American flying ace over Europe – and the country’s newest celebrity
Present at the attack of Pearl Harbour in December 1941, and flying the French Coast during the Battle of Britain. Francis ‘Gabby’ Gabreski experienced two of the war’s most difficult trials for any airman. He would become the most well-decorated flying ace operating in Europe, and after just two years of flying would be the well-respected commander of American 61st Fighter Squadron.
Francis ‘Gabby’ Gabres