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Video of Captain Don Gentile after returning from a mission where he shot down three MEs bring his total score to 30. This video includes appearances of Louis Norely, Johnny Godfrey, Reuben Simon, and Willard Millikan. The sergeant painting the kill marks is John Ferra, Gentile's crew chief. Controversy as to whether James Goodson appears in here or not.

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Units

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

People

  • John Ferra

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    John Ferra was the one time crew chief of Captain Don Gentile for which he is most famous for. After Gentile was sent home, Ferra took care of 4 other kites until he was sent home in September 1945.

  • Dominic Gentile

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Don Gentile was born on December 6, 1920, to Italian parents in Piqua, Ohio. As a boy, he had always been fascinated with flying and built, as his mother remembered, hundreds of model airplanes. Don used to say to his mother, “I hope someday I'll be...

  • John Godfrey

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    John T Godfrey was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Rhode Island when he was young. At the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred to the 8th Air Force in August 1943 and earned fame as the wing man of Ace,...

  • Willard Millikan

    Military | Major General | Pilot
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Stendall, Germany. Post combat, climbing out, section flew through intense and accurate flak, one aircaft suffered direct hit and in the ensuing avoidance of debris, suffered...

  • Louis Norley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Lois Norley was from Conrad, Montana. He was assigned to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron, on 10 July 1943. it did not take long for him to acquire the nickname "Red Dog", not because his red hair, but for his propensity to lose money playing Red...

  • Reuben Simon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • 43-6913 'Shangri-La'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Dominic 'Don' Gentile. He claimed 7.5 of his 21 victories in this aircraft. Don Gentile crashed this A/C whilst displaying to reporters after his final mission at his home base Debden on 13-Apr-44.

Locations

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 21:51:18 WD-C Mustang Changes to person associations
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http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_fe...

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2016 21:48:44 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption
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http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_fe...

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2016 23:35:05 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption
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YouTube and the book 'Great American Fighter Pilots of WWII'

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 21:07:19 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption and person associations
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Added to captain. Associated new person.

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2016 20:17:35 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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