USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Five x Five

362nd Fighter Group, 379th Fighter Squadron

Nose art painted by
Capt George RAREY
362nd Fighter Group, 379th Fighter Squadron
Wormingford, England

Five x Five
Assigned to Col Joseph Laughlin the CO of 362nd Fighter Group who flew the group's first combat mission on 8th February 1944 escorting B24s to St Omer. Laughlin led the 379FS with Red Flight, accompanied by George Rarey and two others.

On his second sortie, 10th February, Laughlin claimed the group's first "probable" kill by hitting an Me109 just inside the German border

The serial number of "5x5" is not yet known but a replica of this Thunderbolt is displayed at the National Museum of the USAF in Ohio.

No mission listing is currently available for this aircraft


© Ray Bowden 17 April 2021