P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "G"
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
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
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
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
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
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