P-51B Flown by Captain Gilbert O’Brien , 357th FG
July 3, 2013 in Aviation
With the advent of WWII Gilbert O’Brien resigned his position as a draftsman with the US Navy Department and joined the USAAF. Upon completion of flight training he was assigned to the 357th FG, 362nd FS, at Hamilton Field California, flying P-39 Aircobras. In November of 1943 the Group moved to Leiston, England. (with a short stop at Raydon Wood first) The closes village to Lieston was Yoxford. Thus the title “Yoxford Boys” came about.
In September of 1944, after 10 months of combat, Captain O’Brien was reassigned back to the US and instructor duties.
Captain O’Brien remained in the Air Force and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1968. He had 7 confirmed victories.
He passed away in 1984 at age 68.
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