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George J Rosen


1Lt George J. Rosen served as a fighter pilot, first from 6 September 1944, with the 504th Fighter Squadron of the 339th Fighter Group, and then with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group from Oct. 6, 1944. He completed his tour in April 1945.

On January 14, 1945 Rosen flying in Blue Flight with 1Lts. Billy J. Murray and John W. Rohrs would encounter two ME262 German jets headed north at 10,000 ft. Murray would bounce the first jet on the left and persuade him to leave the plane with accurate bursts from left to right nacelles. First Rohrs then Rosen would hit the second jet on the right and notice it dive and crash with no parachute. Both pilots reports would indicate that the German pilot was either severely wounded or dead prior to "going in".

His hometown is Schenectady, NY.
P-51D s/n 44-14756 YJ+J "Fifinella"



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Units served with

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  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 504th Fighter Squadron


  • 792

    14 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Lived in Schenectady, NY, USA 1941


Date Contributor Update
29 November 2017 11:00:39 Lucy May Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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28 November 2017 23:26:07 fugari Changes to firstname, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards and unit associations

Jcook Archives

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09 March 2017 20:31:57 dwgdallas Changes to place associations

From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 18:26:15 dwgdallas Changes to middlename, firstname, role, biography, unit associations and media associations

From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History