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Frank D. Gallion was born in 1923 in Millersburg, Ohio. www.findagrave.com states September 19, 1914, but headstone photo shows 1915.) His mother is listed as Niva Gallion. He attended the school systems in Millersburg, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. In 1942, he was transferred from the "Eagle Squadron" to the 334th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Group (USAAF) located at Debden, England. Sometime along the way, he married; his wife was named Phyllis Zerman.
His combat missions consisted of bomber escort and fighter sweeps across Occupied Europe. On November 3, 1943, he was assigned as one of 11 P-47s to fly escort on a bomber formation. As the fighters were nearing the assembly area with the bombers, they were attacked by four, then eight more, then twelve additional enemy aircraft.
The engagement turned into a swirling dogfight and long orbits around Mypolitushoef, Holland. During the fight, one P-47 was observed going down in flames. Minutes later, another one was shot down and crashed into the Zuider Zee. Both pilots were listed as MIA.
In 1993, a vessel checking the depth of a channel ran into a wreck some 3 meters deep. Investigation proved it to be an aircraft, but because the city had no money, salvage efforts were delayed until 1995.
In 1995, the wreckage was brought to the surface. Within the cockpit area, skeletal remains, along with dog tags, shreds of a flying jacket, and other artifacts proved this was the aircraft of F/O Frank Gallion. The remains were sent to Hawaii, and in 1995 were positively identified. They were shipped to the Gallion family in Ohio. On May 28, 1995, F/O Frank Gallion was laid to rest in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Millersburg, Ohio. It had taken him 52 years to return home.
NOTE: Another source found on Nov 1, 2014 states his cremated remains were placed in a memorial stone in 1996 in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery (Bellevue?) in Bellevue, Ohio.
He had been remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. His brother had erected a memorial stone for him in the cemetery at Millersburg. His reference at Margraten now bears an asterisk - signifying he has been found.
www.nytimes.com: Netherlands Collection
USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Records
F/O Gallion was flying P-47D #42-7924, unnamed, assigned to Major Winslow M. Solanski, 334th Fighter Squadron, when he was lost.
Missing Air Crew Reports 1048 and 4126 were both issued on this incident.
According to German sources, Gallion was shot down by Major Kurt Brandle, flying a BF-109, from JG 3/11.
The wreckage of F/O Gallion's P-47 is currenly located at the Motortechnica Museum in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany