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362nd Fighter Group Plaque

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Details:

On the east side of the road.


Plaque

A black rectangular plaque affixed on the right side of the curved wall. The plaque is inscribed in English in white lettering. It lists the names of the men of the 362nd Fighter Group who died while based at Headcorn airfield. On the front face of the fourth step that leads up to the wall, another plaque is also attached. It is also inscribed in English in white lettering and tells the role of the group in the airfield during the Normandy invasion. On the left and right ends of the steps are also plaques that are affixed with the names of the 377th, 378th, and 379th Fighter Squadrons.

 

The 362nd Fighter Group with some 75 Republic P-47 Thunderbolts moved in from RAF Wormingford on 13 April as part of the movement of groups of the Ninth Air Force's 100th Fighter Wing from the Colchester area that month. The group consisted of the following squadrons:

 

  • 377th Fighter Squadron (E4)
  • 378th Fighter Squadron (G8)
  • 379th Fighter Squadron (B8)

 The 362nd Fighter Group began its move to Normandy on 2 July, relocating to Lignerolles, France (ALG A-12) with Headcorn continuing to be used for operations until the 7th. Two days later the last of the group's personnel had departed.

Source of information: https://military.wikia.org, Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register

Source of images: Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register

Monument Text:

Wall plaque:

 

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED WHILST BASED AT

THIS AIRFIELD FROM APRIL 1944 TO JULY 1944, OF THE

362ND FIGHTER GROUP, UNITED STATES NINTH AIRFORCE.

 

----- 377 SQUADRON -----

 

LT. J. E. HAYDEN

LT. D. R. GIPPLE

LT. R. M. HOFF

LT. R. D. DAY

LT. E. A. RIGGS

LT. R. E. PHILLIPS

LT. W. J. BOOTH

LT. B. E. CURTIS

LT. J. P. HARRIS

 

 

----- 378 SQUADRON -----

 

LT. D. A. SIPE JR.

LT. C. A. GILBERT

PVT. R. TAFT

LT. L. R. BENTLEY

LT. K. GOUGH

LT. A. D. BESSEY

 

 

----- 379 SQUADRON -----

 

CAPT. H. F. HOUGHTON

LT. BARNES

LT. T. D. JENSEN

LT. I. L. TAYLOR

CAPT. G. W. RAREY

CAPT. C. F. GEE III

 

 

----- 362 F.G. H.Q. -----

 

MAJOR B. C. CHANDLER

 

 

Plaque in the center of the fourth step:

 

From this airfield on June 6, 1944,

the 362nd. Fighter Group U.S.A.F.

took off to support the invasion of Normandy

in pursuit of Peace and Freedom for all mankind.

 

 

Plaques on each end of the steps:

 

379th F.S.

 

378th F.S.

 

377th F.S.

Commemorates:

People:

Robert George Barnes

Leon Richard Bentley

Alva Devere Bessey

Walter J. Booth

Berry Chandler

Burleigh Edward Curtis

Ralph D. Day

Clough Farrar, III Gee

Craig A. Gilbert

Donald R. Gipple

Kevin Gough

James Preston Harris

John E. Hayden

Richard M. Hoff

Hugh Fuller Houghton

Theodore D. Jensen

Ralph E. Phillips

George Whiston Rarey

Emory Albert Riggs

Daniel A., Jr. Sipe

Robert Middleton Taft

Irwin L. Taylor

Units:

362nd Fighter Group

377th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group

378th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group

379th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group

9th Air Force

US Army Air Corps

Wars:

WWII

Battles:

Normandy Invasion

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