José Quiñones Gonzales
|José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles|
Quiñones in a Military portrait
|Born||April 22, 1914
Pimentel District, Lambayeque, Peru
|Died||July 23, 1941 (27)
Quebrada Seca, Ecuador
|Occupation||Peruvian Air Force Military Aviator|
|Parent(s)||José María Quiñones Arízola and María Juana Rosa Gonzáles|
José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles (April 22, 1914 – July 23, 1941) was a Peruvian military aviator and posthumously became a national hero in the Batalla de Zarumilla, during the Ecuadorian–Peruvian war, also known as the War of '41 (Spanish: Guerra del 41).
Lieutenant Quiñones was a fighter pilot of the 41st Escuadrilla (Squadron), Peruvian Air Force, and was part of a section carrying out a low-level strafing and bombing attack against Ecuadorian forces at Quebrada Seca on July 23, 1941. During the raid, Quiñones' aircraft, a North American NA-50 "TORITO" (North American P-64), was mortally hit by ground fire from a battery of Ecuadorian anti-aircraft artillery. Instead of parachuting to safety, Quiñones chose to make the supreme sacrifice by crashing his damaged aircraft onto the Ecuadorian position, rendering the battery out of action.
Following his death, Quiñones was promoted to the rank of Air Force Captain and he was declared a national hero by law on May 10, 1966. Named in his honour is the Cap. FAP José A. Quiñones Gonzales International Airport near his town of birth in Chiclayo. When the new currency of Peru (nuevo sol) was introduced in 1991 he appeared on the 10 S/. Banknote.
- Ecuadorian-Peruvian war
- Peruvian nuevo sol
- Cap. FAP José A. Quiñones Gonzales International Airport
- North American P-64
- (in Spanish) Law N° 16126, May 10, 1966
- (in Spanish) Alas de Gloria
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