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Captain Don Gentile of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group in front of his P-47. The nose art on the cowling was applied first to 42-7884 but when he switched to 42-8659, he had the painted cowling swapped to his new plane. The two kills marked on the cowling were scored in Spitfires with 133 Eagle Squadron.

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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...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

People

  • 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...

Aircraft

  • 42-8659 'Donnie Boy'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One time personal aircraft of Capt Dominic Gentile. Transferred to 367FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-7884 'Reggie's Reply' / 'Lucky' 'Donnie Boy'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D Thunderbolt 42-7884, was 2nd Lt John Godfrey's first 'REGGIE'S REPLY', which he inherited from his future flight leader 1st Lt. Don Gentile. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2016 23:23:03 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.starduststudios.com/don-gentile.html
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/21517

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