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Capt John William Guckeyson
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As a fighter pilot, Guckeyson earned a Purple Heart, three Air Medals, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses—the fourth-highest award for combat valor in flight.[2] While serving in the 375th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, Guckeyson flew a P-47 Thunderbolt ("Contrary Mary") and, after his unit transitioned to the newer airframe, a P-51 Mustang (serial: 42-103349) fighter aircraft. He was credited with at least 2.5 enemy aircraft kills in aerial combat: two Me-109 fighters and a Ju-188 night fighter, which was destroyed with the assistance of another pilot.[8][9][10] Guckeyson was reportedly killed on a strafing run on 21 May 1944 when his P-51 Mustang fighter was shot down.[11] At the time of his death, he had attained the rank of captain, and his remains were interred in France...

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8/17/2013
 
 
 
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