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|Pilot 1st Lt. Gabriel J. Eggud, O-669878 (MIA / KIA) Queens, NY
MIA July 6, 1944
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-39N-5-BE Airacobra serial number 42-18813. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On July 6, 1944 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Gabriel J. Eggud armed with a bomb on a mission against Wewak. While making a bombing run at approximately 110' altitude, its bomb exploded blowing off both wings and causing this Airacobra to crash over Wewak. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Eggud was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Gabriel J. Eggud
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39N-5-BE Airacobra 42-18813
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-39N Airacobra 42-18813
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gabriel J. Eggud
FindAGrave - 1Lt Gabriel J Eggud (tablets of the missing photo)
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