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Dominic "Don" S. Gentile

Date of birth: 6-Dec-20
Date of death: 21-Jan-51
Place of Birth: Ohio, Piqua
Home of record: Piqua Ohio
Status: DNB

At the time of his first DSC mission Captain Gentile was already an ACE with 6.33 victories. General Eisenhower personally presented the award for that mission remarking, "You seem to be a one-man air force." Exactly one month later Captain Gentile again shot down 3 enemy planes in one day, earning a second DSC. By the end of the war he was nearly a QUADRUPLE ACE with 19.83 victories to his credit. He was killed in the crash of a T-33 Shooting Star on January 28, 1951, near Andrews AFB, Maryland. Gentile Air Force Station in Kettering, Ohio, was named in his honor in 1962.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Gentile, while leading a section of Fighter Aircraft on a bomber escort mission to targets in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, saw a flight of bombers being attacked by approximately fifty enemy fighters. With only his wing man as support and without regard to the overwhelming odds against him, Captain Gentile immediately attacked the enemy formation and by extremely courageous flying and skillful gunnery destroyed three enemy planes and broke up the threat against the bombers. Continuing with his wing man, they destroyed three more enemy fighters. By this time the wing man had expended his ammunition and Captain Gentile's supply was very low. Despite this fact, they picked up a straggling bomber and escorted it to friendly territory. Captain Gentile's outstanding courage and determination to destroy the enemy on this occasion set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 36 (June 12, 1944)

Action Date: March 8, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on April 8, 1944. On this date Captain Gentile destroyed three enemy fighters and assisted in destruction of a fourth in a single engagement. Captain Gentile's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 23 (1944)

Action Date: April 8, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Sixth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in addition to a previously awarded Silver Oak Leaf Cluster lieu of a Seventh Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Dominic "Don" Salvatore Gentile (ASN: 0-885109), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in addition to a previously awarded Silver Oak Leaf Cluster lieu of an Eighth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force