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Francis Gabreski
Sample Autograph Signature:
Francis  Gabreski signature
Francis Gabreski
'American World War 2 fighter pilot who was the top ranking ace in the U. S. Air Force. Francis Stanley 'Gabby' Gabreski ( - 20) was born in Oil City, PA to Polish immigrants Stanley and Josephine Kapica Gabryszewski. His plans to pursue a medical career were altered by World War II when he enlisted in the Army and received flight training. He was assigned to England to serve as a liaison officer with the Polish Air Force, and then became a squadron leader with the U.S. th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force. He flew 6 combat missions totaling 0 combat hours, and destroyed enemy aircraft. Gabreski became a prisoner of war for months beginning in July, after being forced down in Germany, but continued to fly missions after his released. After the war, Gabreski spent several years as a flight tester and commanding fighter units before being assigned as commander of the st Fighter Wing. During the Korean War, he shot down 6 1/2 MiG-s. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in and worked in the aviation industry until , when he became president of the Long Island Railroad. He retired in . Gabreski's autobiography, Gabby, A Fighter Pilot's Life, was published in and republished in . Gabreski was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in . '
Please note that while we have reason to be confident that the signature is genuine by virtue of its source, it has not undergone any expert examination or verification. Accordingly, TomFolio does not guarantee the authenticity, nor can a comparison of a signature with this example exclude the possibility of an autopen, a printed facsimile, or a reasonably capable forgery.
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