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Airmen of Greek Origin Who Flew during WWII


United States Army Air Force, United States Navy
NAME                           VICTORIES                            AIRFORCE  UNITS

Pissanos, Spiros Nikolas           5     [ 5   - 0   - 1  ]         USAAF     334 FS (4 FG)

Lolos, John S.                     4     [ 4   - 1   - 0  ]         USAAF     341 FS (348 FG)
Legatos, Sabe                      4     [ 4   - 0   - 0  ]         USN       VC-68, VF-12
Vrilakas, Robert A.                3     [ 2+1 - 0   - 3  ] (+2 G)  USAAF     94, 27 FS (1 FG)
Vurgaropulos, James C.             2     [ 2   - 0+1 - 3  ]         USAAF     75 FS (23 FG)
Logothetis, Mingo V.               1 +   [ 1   - 0+1 - 2  ] (+2 U)  USAAF     12 TRS (67 FG)
Coronios, Harry                    1     [ 1   - 0   - 1  ]         USAAF     62 FS (56 FG)
Haniotis, George C.                1     [ 1              ]         USAAF     9 FS (49 FG)

Antonides, William O.              0     [ 0   - 0   - 2  ] (+7 G)  USAAF     334 FS (4 FG)
Comments:
USAAF : United States Army Air Force
USN : United States Navy
G : ground victory
U : unconfirmed victory
[x-y-z] : [confirmed-probable-damaged]
 
+ Mingo V. Logothetis is sometimes credited with three confirmed victories and four probable (Ivie, T.: Patton's Eyes in the Sky: Usaaf Tactical Reconnaissance Missions North-West Europe 1944-1945, Classic Pubns, June 2003) but the official total appears to be one confirmed victory, two unconfirmed, one probably, two damaged and one unconfirmed damage (Olynyk, F.: USAAF (European Theater of Operations) Credits For The Destruction of Enemy Aircraft In Air-To-Air Combat In World War 2, Aurora 1987).

1) 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, VIIIth Fighter Command, 8th Air Force, European Theater of Operations
2) 341th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, Vth Fighter Command, 5th Air Force
3) VC-68 (CVE-70 Fanshaw Bay), VF-12 (Detach) - USN
4) 94th & 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, 12th & 15th Air Force, Mediterranean Theater of Operations
5) 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force
6) 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, IXth Tactical Air Command, 9th Air Force, European Theater of Operations
7 62th Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, VIIIth Fighter Command, 8th Air Force, European Theater of Operations
8) 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, Vth Fighter Command, 5th Air Force

 Spiros Nikolas Pissanos
Spiros Nikolas Pissanos
Σπύρος Πισσάνος

Republic P-47C, 42-7945 (QP-D), No. 334 Fighter Squadron, Pilot  Spiros Nikolas Pissanos.

Republic P-47C, 42-7945 (QP○D), No. 334 Fighter Squadron, Pilot Spiros Nikolas Pissanos.

P-51B

North American P-51B, 43-6798 (QP○D), No. 334 Fighter Squadron, 2/20/44-3/5/44, Pilot Spiros Nikolas Pissanos.

Robert Vrilakas
Robert «Smokey» Vrilakas



Much information kindly provided by Dimitrios Vassilopoulos and Nicholas Tselepidis.

Sources & Literature
  1. Researcher Kiriakos Paloulian
  2. Researcher Nicholas Tselepidis.
  3. Researcher Dimitrios Vassilopoulos.
  4. Freeman, R.A.: 56th Fighter Group, Osprey Aviation Elite 2, Osprey Publishing 2000. (kindly provided by Dimitrios Vassilopoulos)
  5. Ivie, T.: Patton's Eyes in the Sky: Usaaf Tactical Reconnaissance Missions North-West Europe 1944-1945, Classic Pubns, June 2003.
  6. Olynyk, Frank J.: USN Credits for the Destruction Of Enemy Aircraft in Air-to-Air Combat World War 2, Victory List No. 2, Published by the Author, Aurora, October 1982.
  7. Olynyk, Frank J.: USAAF (Pacific Theater) Credits for the Destruction of Enemy Aircraft in Air-to-Air Combat World War 2, Victory List No. 3, Published by the Author, Aurora, October 1985.
  8. Olynyk, Frank J.: AVG & USAAF (China-Burma-India Theater) Credits for the Destruction of Enemy Aircraft in Air-to-Air Combat World War 2, Victory List No. 4, Published by the Author, Aurora, October 1986.
  9. Olynyk, Frank J.: USAAF (European Theater of Operations) Credits For The Destruction of Enemy Aircraft In Air-To-Air Combat In World War 2, Victory List No. 5, Published by the Author, Aurora, 1987.
  10. Olynyk, Frank J.: USAAF (Mediterranean Theater of Operations) Credits for the Destruction of Enemy Aircraft in Air-to-Air Combat World War 2, Victory List No. 6, Published by the Author, Aurora, June 1987.
  11. Olynyk, Frank: Stars And Bars, A Tribute to the American Fighter Ace 1920-1973, Grub Street, London 1995.
  12. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part A (Fighter pilots USAAF), War & History magazine, June 2001.
  13. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part C (Bombardiers in RAF & USAAF), War & History magazine, September 2001.
  14. Paloulian, K.: Greeks in Foreighn Cockpit Part D (Fighter Pilots RAF & Supplament for USAAF), War & History magazine, December 2001.
  15. Scutts, J.: P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eighth Air Force, Aircraft of the Aces 24, Osprey Publishing 1998.
  16. US Official claims during ww2, War & History Magazine, June 2001.
  17. Aces of World War II, http://www.acesofww2.com/.
  18. At a P-40 base in Italy near the front lines at Christmas by Bob Vrilakas (94th) and John Mullins (94th), http://www.1stfighter.org/warstories/Vrilakas.html.
  19. Capt. Robert "Smokey" Vrilakas, http://www.geocities.com/amyjo1.geo/vrilakas.html.
  20. Gleize, Jean-Paul: Aces, http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/homeaces.htm.
  21. Haulman, Danial (Editor): USAF Wartime Aerial Victory Credits, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL, http://www.au.af.mil/au/afhra/avc.asp.
  22. Magnus, Allan: Air Aces Home Page, http://users.accesscomm.ca/magnusfamily/airaces1.htm.
  23. Mansolas, Yiannis - Mansolas, Angelos: Spiros Steve Pisanos "The Flying Greek", http://imansolas.freeservers.com/Aces/Pisanos_english.html.
  24. Steve Pisanos, WikipediA, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Pisanos.
  25. Spiros Pisanos, The 4th Fighter Group Association http://www.fourthfightergroup.com/resource/pisanos.html.

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