Staten Island Advance
"Army Pilot Is Killed in South Pacific"
Date unknown, circa July 1944, newspaper clipping via Tracey McLean, transcript by Pacific Wrecks
A War Department casualty list today contains the name of 1st Lt. Gabriel J. Eggud among those killed in action [sic Missing In Action] in the South Pacific war area. Mrs. Eggud lives at 86 Dale avenue, New Dorp. A daughter was born to the couple in St. Vincent’s Hospital a month ago. The lieutenant is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Eggud of 220 Kingsley Avenue Westerleigh NY.
Lt. Eggud was a member of the “Pearl Harbor” class of flying cadets at Brooks Field, Tex. known as such because of the proximity of the attack anniversary to the graduation date [class 42-K]. He entered the Army April 10, 1942 and received his wings in January 1943. He pre-flight training was given him at Kelly Field, Tex and his primary training at Oklahoma Air College, Cimarron Field, Oklahoma City. He was stationed at [Key Field] Meridian, Miss before going overseas.
Prior to enlistment in the Army he was employed by the Great American I Company, Manhattan,. Before his death he had been piloting a P-39 in the South Pacific, where he has been since December .
Members of Lt. Eggud’s family explain that they are awaiting War Department confirmation of his death, which they say has not yet been received.