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'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 . '
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