USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Dawson County Nebraska
P-47D-2-RE 42-7963

78th Fighter Group, 83rd Squadron

Dawson County Nebraska Photo courtesy of Steve Wolff
Photo courtesy of Steve Wolff

Dawson County was the second county in Nebraska to raise enough money from War Bond sales ($75,000)in 1943 to purchase a fighter to carry its name. The title was painted onto both sides of the fuselage before being despatched overseas to join the 78th Fighter Group in Duxford, England.

On 11th February 1944 it crashed soon after take off after the pilot F/O Archie Daniels experienced a problem in retracting the undercarriage. He had taken off late and while trying to catch up with the formation the propeller suddenly started to run away. Turning back, he lost altitude rapidly and was seen to spin in and crash into a ploughed field near Nuthampstead where it exploded on impact killing the pilot.

Daniels hailed from Illinois but appears to have served with the RCAF before transferring to the USAAF in September 1943, joining the 78FG in December.

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Photo courtesy of Steve Wolff


© Ray Bowden 16 August 2022