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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Colonel Francis S. Gabreski

Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles Keller, July 7, 2018
1. Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Marker
Inscription.  Francis S. “Gabby” Gabreski was born and raised in Oil City, Pennsylvania, joined the Army Air Corps in 1940, and graduated from pilot training as a Second Lieutenant in March 1941. He was serving in Hawaii during the “Day of Infamy,” December 7, 1941.

In October 1942, Captain Gabreski (fluent in Polish) was assigned to the European Theater Operation as a liaison to the British Royal Air Force’s Polish 315th Fighter Squadron flying combat missions in their Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXs.

In February 1943, he joined the 56th Fighter Group “Wolfpack” commanded by Colonel Hub Zemke flying Republic P-47 Thunderbolts. During his tour with the Wolfpack, Lieutenant Colonel Grabreski destroyed 28 enemy aircraft in aerial combat (surpassing Captain Eddie Rickenbacher’s record of 26 enemy aircraft destroyed during World War II) and numerous others on the ground.

In July 1944, he crashed in enemy territory and was a prisoner of war until the war’s end. Colonel Gabreski also served in a combat role during the Korean War, commanding the 51st Fighter Wing F-86 Sabres and destroying 6.5 enemy aircraft.
Location. 33° 39.758′ N, 78° 56.389′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached from Gabreski Lane north of Pampas Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the entrance to the Base Recreation Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Gabreski Ln, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Robert H. Reed (here, next to this marker); Recreation Center/Service Club/Library (here, next to this marker); Colonel Robert G. Emmens (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Wilma Hucks Tirrell (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Movie Theater (about 600 feet away); Bowling Center (about 600 feet away); Major General Joseph J. Kruzel (about 600 feet away); Colonel Robert P. "Pancho" Pasqualicchio (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Regarding Colonel Francis S. Gabreski. The marker includes two errors in the sentence "...Captain Eddie Rickenbacher’s record of 26 enemy aircraft destroyed during World War II". Captain Rickenbacker's achievements occurred in World War I (not World War II) and Rickenbacker (not Rickenbacher) is his last name.
Categories. War, KoreanWar, World II
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 9, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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