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Murray J. Shubin

Date of death: Jul-56
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Home of record: Dormont Pennsylvania

Murray Shubin became a DOUBLE ACE during World War II, where he was credited with shooting down a total of ELEVEN enemy aircraft. In July of 1956, Shubin died of a heart attack at age thirty-nine while on maneuvers near Lyons with the Seventy-first Bombardment Squadron.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Murray J. Shubin (ASN: 0-730638), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 June 1943, during an air mission near Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. On that date, First Lieutenant Shubin led a flight a formation of four twin-engine P-38 Lightnings in intercepting a group of about fifty Japanese fighter planes. Drawing off the enemy's rear cover of some fifteen Zeroes, he shot down two in the ensuing skirmish before finding himself alone after the other American planes retired because of damage and lack of ammunition. For the next forty-five minutes, Shubin used brilliant maneuvering and frugal use of ammunition to demolish five of the Zeroes, one by one. He shattered one Zero with a single burst and then, from a steep spiral dive, scored a full deflection shot on another, destroying it. Then, with three enemy aircraft directly to his rear, he slashed back toward one Zero, sending it downward, smoking. The two remaining Zeroes sought to escape, but Lieutenant Shubin gave chase and riddled one, causing it to dive earthward. First Lieutenant Shubin's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 188 (1943)

Action Date: 16-Jun-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 339th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 347th Fighter Group

Division: 13th Air Force