Joseph Gallas

S/Sgt    33394658    612th
1909 - 1944

Left Waist Gunner aboard 42-31511 (Fool's Luck III)


                                                                               Jefferson Memorial Park ,Pennsylvania, USA.
                                                                               Plot: Section G05 PEACE Lot 320

     Joseph was born June 18, 1909, Shenandoah Ward 1, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.
     In Nov 7, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His 25th mission, Apr 10, 1944, Target: Brussels, belgium, the plane went down in the English Channel.
     6 crewmembers got in to their dingy but drifted all the way back to France within four and one-half hours.

     It is believed that Joseph was wounded and didn't get into the life boat.
     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when joseph died on the age of 34 he left behind his family :

         His father, Geo Gallas, age 71
         His mother, Ella Gallas, age 68
         His brother, Toney Gallas, age 43
         His sister, May Gallas, age 35

Back Row: ( L to R ) Gerald Blaise, - Leonard Mendelson, - Gaston Fox, - Darrell Wilson.
Front Row: Jerome Sabel, - Duane brandt, - Charles Sierra, - Allen Brown, - Cecil Estess, - JOSEPH GALLAS.

Mission to Brussels, Belgium, after being hit by flak, the plane went down in the English Channel
but the wind blew them back to the French coast, where the crew were taken prisoner.

B-17G " Fool's Luck III "   42-31511    612th
10 April 1944   Mission # 48   Target: Brussels , Belgium

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