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Old 30th September 2016, 03:02
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Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

Trying to find out more about the cause of death of Major Gabriel C. Russell, 14th FG, S/N O-021321. According to ABMC, he was killed on Mach 4,1943. His body appears not to have been recovered. The location of his death,according to one site, was French Morocco.

Was he the pilot of the P-38 that was shot down by a Spanish He-112 in March 1943?
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Old 3rd October 2016, 03:42
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Re: Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

Bump-Nothing? Major Russell was a West Point Graduate-class of 1938.
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Old 4th October 2016, 01:01
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Re: Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

Hello,
He is still on the mia list.
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Old 4th October 2016, 01:55
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Re: Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

And he listed as KIA/MIA on a date before the 14th FG returned to action?
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Re: Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

Sorry to disturb an old thread but maybe someone can provide more information.

It's interesting how this loss is described in MAW3. There are two losses listed for the 14th FG on March 4,1943. First, the loss of Major Gabriel C. Russell KIA. After this, another 14th FG loss: "P-38 damaged by He112 over Spanish Morocco, force landed near Mulluva river, Algeria, pilot unstated".

I think there was only one P-38 involved in this incident.
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Re: Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

From the Spanish side: " On March 3, 1943 a formation of Allied planes was seen straying into Spanish airspace yet again, and Grupo 27's alert plane was scrambled with Teniente Miguel Entrena Klett at the controls. After climbing to 3500 m, he spotted the target aircraft and identified them as eleven Lockheed P-38s. He then positioned for an attack out of the sun (which was to the rear of the formation) and made a diving pass on the trail-end aircraft. Several hits were made with the 20 mm rounds (his MGs were later discovered to be unloaded), and the plane started trailing smoke and was forced down in Algeria."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinke...tional_service
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Re: Major Gabriel C. Russell 14th FG KIA/MIA March 4,1943

Just in case you did not find it already, check https://fr.findagrave.com/memorial/5...ldwell-russell
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