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P-47 Thunderbolt

Personal aircraft of George "Dad" Rarey, 379th Squadron's main nose art artist until his death (KIA in another aircraft, P-47 42-75042).

Aircraft was lost in a collision on June 17th, 1944 while being flown by Lt. Richard Gordon.



  • 362nd Fighter Group

    362nd Fighter Group

    The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one...

  • 379th Fighter Squadron


  • George Rarey

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 362nd Fighter Group
    George Rarey served as a fighter pilot with the 379th Fighter Squadron of the 362nd Fighter Group. He was a popular pilot who painted nose art on up to 30 different aircraft of the squadron. On 27 June 1944, he was Killed in Action when flak exploded...


  • Headcorn

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), work on the airfield began in early 1943. It was improved and made ready for USAAF use by adding more aircraft standings and temporary buildings. Accommodation was provided in the form of tents and...


Event Location Date
Crashed 17 June 1944

While flown by Lt. Richard Gordon, collided with another airplane from Squadron, which also crashed. Both pilots survived and successfully evaded capture back to Allied lines


Date Contributor Update
02 June 2019 11:30:47 TanteMu Changes to events

Bucholtz, Chris: "Thunderbolts Triumphant - The 362nd Fighter Group vs Germany's Wehrmacht". Casemate Publishing, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2018.

Date Contributor Update
02 June 2019 10:56:06 TanteMu Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Buchholtz, Chris: "Thunderbolts Triumphant - The 362nd Fighter Group vs. Germany's Wehrmacht". Casemate Publ. Philadelphia & Oxford, 2018