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One of the last known photos of Bill taken during his advanced training at Harding Field, Louisiana early 1944. In April he shipped off to England on the Queen Mary. Flying his 3rd mission on D-Day, June 6, 1944, his P-47 was shot down while providing support to the infantry landing on the Normandy beaches.

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  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron

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  • William McGowan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    After nearly 75 years, the remains of Lt. William J. McGowan were positively identified in May, 2019. While on his 3rd mission on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Lt. McGowan was leading a group of P-47's on a strafing and bombing mission on the Lison railroad...

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Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 12:40:18 Gilad_Bashan Changes to caption and unit associations
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Paul Stouffer

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 12:34:55 Gilad_Bashan Changes to collection
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Paul Stouffer

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 12:33:07 Gilad_Bashan Created entry with caption and person associations
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Paul Stouffer

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