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The unit insignia for the 379th Fighter Squadron was the "Rarey Bird," named after George Rarey, the artist/P-47 pilot from the 362nd/379th who drew the critter - a scraggly parrot usually portrayed with a cigar in its mouth and a gun in its claw while perched on a skull. This is an image of the Rarey Bird from the leather squadron patch of P-47 armorer Sebastian Ramaci.



  • 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


  • Sebastian Ramaci

    Military | Private First Class | Armorer
    Sebastian (Ben) Ramaci was an armorer on P-47s in the 379th Fighter Squadron while the Fighter Group was stationed first in Wormingford, then Headcorn, England, before heading to France after the D-Day invasion.

  • George Rarey

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    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...


Date Contributor Update
01 March 2017 17:23:04 Lucy May Created entry with caption and person associations

Shared with the American Air Museum by Sebastian Ramaci's daughter, Lisa Ramaci.