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Domenic Gentile Memorial, Piqua OH No. 1

Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile was born in Piqua, Ohio in 1920. As a child, Gentile was fascinated with flight and even learned to fly while still in high school. As war emerged over Europe and lacking the required college education for the US Army Air Corps, Gentile joined the British Royal Air Force in 1941, serving in the famous 133 Eagle Squadron. As the US ramped up its war effort, he was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group which eventually was equipped with P-51 Mustangs. His talents and tenacity made him Army Air Force’s leading ace with 27 kills to his credit. Given his reputation, General Eisenhower labeled Domenic Gentile a “One Man Air Force”. In 1986, the City of Piqua dedicated this sculpture which resides on Veterans Way near North Main Street and East High Street.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, f/13 @ 102 mm, 1/90, ISO 100, No Flash

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Category:Artistic
Subcategory:Sculptures
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Keywords:Art, Blue Skies, Cumulus clouds, Dayton Sculptures, Domenic Salvatore Gentile, Don Gentile Memorial, Fluffy Cloud, High Street, Main Street, Maj. Don S. Gentile, Miami County, No. 133 Eagle Squadron, Ohio, One Man Air Force, Patriotic, Piqua Ohio, Puffy Cloud, Sculpture, Veterans Memorial, Veterans Way

Sculpture of Dominic Gentile, WWII Fighter Ace and local hero, as it stands in the center of Piqua Ohio