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Stanley Sabihon

From July through December 1944 Captain Stanley M. Sabihon commanded his nine-man B-17 crew in 51 missions over Europe, tallying 280 combat hours. Because of Sabihon's ability to safely bring his plane and crew back following these missions, one nine-man crew dubbed Sabihon as "the best pilot in the business." Sabihon flew the B-17 "Aloha Mae," so named after his wife, Mamie Pablin, of Brodie II pineapple plantation camp (Wahiawa, Oahu).

Born on March 10, 1918, in Siguijor on the island of Siquijor (Philippines), Stanley Sabihon was raised on Bohol (Philippines) and in Haleiwa (Oahu, Hawaii). He attended Kawaialoa Primary School, Andrew E. Cox Intermediate School, Waialua High School and Saint Louis College (now Saint Louis School, class of 1939).

Sabihon was the first naturalized citizen from the Philippines to achieve an officer's rank in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the first Filipino pilot of a B-17 during WWII. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, European African-Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asisatic- Pacific Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal.

Still an Army Air Force reserve officer, Sabihon returned to service during the Korean War as an aircraft commander with the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). He flew twenty-eight missions during the Korean War while stationed at Hickam Air Force Base (Honolulu). Sabihon died on September 14, 1981, in San Diego, California.


Stanley Sabihon

Capt. Stanley M Sabihon was assigned to the 301st BG 352nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Pilot.

The following information on Stanley Sabihon is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on Capt. Sabihon. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Stanley Sabihon's military record please contact us.

  Rank General Order Date Notes Award Ribbon & Device

Stanley Sabihon

2nd Lt.





Air Medal (AM)

Stanley Sabihon

2nd Lt





Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Stanley Sabihon

1st Lt





Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

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  • 21 Aug 1944 15th AF General Order # 2731 Air Medal 25 Aug 1944 15th AF General Order # 2861 DFC 30 Oct 1944 15th AF General Order # 4256 Air Medal/Second Oak Leaf Cluster

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