P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "G"
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Charles T. Gagel Typically routine for the Air Corps, after all that training in the P-47 , his first combat mission was flown in the P-51 out of New Guinea. He was assigned to the 360th Service Group, 5th Air Force and then assigned to the 58th Fighter Group, 311th Fighter Squadron, 5th Air Force where he remained in the P-47 until returning to the States.
Harold E. Gallagher I flew 40-50 Missions from Halesworth and then moved to Boxted. Axis Sally told us of our move by radio the next day. I finished my tour on May 2, 1944, one month before the invasion and completed 72 missions. I was back as an instructor at Shrewsbury for 3 months before going back to the States.

I got one ME-I09, 1 FW-190 and shared a ME210 with Pappy Craig. The 109, I shot off the tail of Lt. Merrill. I can still hear him saying "Thanks C-Bar."

Raymond K. Gallagher Flew some air shows with the 51st Group and then to a three year tour with the Guard at Nashville, Tenn. in 1947, with the 105th Ftr, probably the best flying I ever had. We had 28 Jugs always in commission. I formed and led an ACROBATIC team for three years; started with four Jugs, then a twelve ship act with a twelve ship formation loop (three diamonds). My original four ships included Dick White, left wing; Jay Ball, right wing; and Pee Wee Carter (Ret B.G.), slot. They are all still in Nashville. I believe we were the first to do the bomb burst - now famous with the T-Birds
Al Gamache After training in the P-47 at Goldsboro and Bluthenthal, he joined the 73rd Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group in the Central Pacific. He flew escort and interdiction missions in the P-47D and N. The group kept the bypassed Marianas Islands neutralized with the routes extending as far south as Truk and as far north as Pagan Island. When the Group moved into the Okinawa area, Ie Shima, the target and escort area extended into Kyushu and on to Tokyo.
Alfred J. Gamble In August, 1945, with orders to go to Japan Theatre, the war ended and he most enthusiastically volunteered to become a civilian. Having experienced the miserable weather in Michigan and appreciating the Army Air Corps' showing him that snow wasn't necessary, he went to work at Hartley Boiler Works in Montgomery, Alabama three days after discharge. After serving an apprenticeship mostly as Executive Vice President of this fine company for sixteen years, he resigned in November 1961.
Paul E. Gardiner As a member of the advance party of the 405th, Paul arrived at Christchurch, England in January 1944. While waiting for the deployment of the Group, he flew 5 combat missions with the 56th from an East Anglia base. At Christchurch, Paul took one of the first four P-47D.16's (uncamouflaged) and alternated with the Commander and Deputy Commander as Group Leader on high altitude B-17 escort missions when the 405th became operational in March 1944.
Robert C. Garland In March of 1945, the war was centered in the mountains north of Manilla and Garland flew a total of 52 ground support missions during that campaign. It was during this period that the 348th received a Presidential Citation for dropping more ton age of bombs in one 30 day period than any other single group up to that time including the heavy bomb groups in the Pacific.

For his personal efforts Garland was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Battle Stars.

Jesse C. Gatlin I never got to fly the jug in combat, but it was a vicarious thrill to listen to the war stories of the combat vets in the group around the bar at night, then fly with them the next day in all the formations and practice dogfights which occupied the Army of Occupation in Austria and Germany.

My assignment to the 79th ended with a transfer to XII TAC in Bad Kissengen, Germany, in the spring of 1947, but that one short, happy tour with the finest group of fighter pilots I was ever to encounter remains a cherished memory and a highlight of my long Air Force career,...........

William D. Gatling After flying their fighter. bombers across the desert, the 315th Fighter-Bomber Squadron joined the other Squadrons of the 324th Group and entered combat in support of General Montgomery's British 8th Army.

The 324th Fighter-Bomber Group participated heavily in the North African, the Sicilian, the Italian and the Southern France campaigns. The 324th Fighter-Bomber Group was the last fighter group in Italy to get the new P-47 Thunderbolt.

Bill flew 195 combat missions in the P-40 and 5 combat missions in the P-47 Thunderbolt.

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