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Laughter And Tears. George Rareys Legacy
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Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 02:04 AM UTC
Many modellers of P-47's will be familiar with the "Rarey Bird" noseart featured on Thunderbolts of the 379th FS 362nd FG, but the cowling paintings are just the tip of the Rarey iceberg.
Hailing from Enid Oklahoma, George Rarey was an extremely talented artist who before being drafted in 1942 had worked as a cartoonist and a commercial artist.
"Dad" Rarey never stopped drawing, and his sketch books showed the story of the 362nd FG's passage overseas into the ETO.
Rareys son Damon was born on March 18th 1944 and George named his P-47 "Damons Demon" in honour of his firstborn.
Father and son were destined never to meet as fate dealt a cruel blow when George Rarey was killed in a low level strafing mission on June 26th 1944.

In 1996 Damon Rareys book "Laughter And Tears" was published.
Combining extracts from his fathers sketchbooks with letters home,(including highly decorated envelopes), and recollections from 362ndFG veterans and George Rareys widow, Laughter and Tears tells Rareys story in the pictures and sketches he loved so much.
This beautifull leather bound book was only printed once, and if you are fortunate enough to have opportunity to purchase one I can't recommend it highly enough.
Sadly, Damon Rarey passed away in 2002.

George Rarey with Damons Demon in the background


Baby Damon with his mother Betty Lou.


Some of the George Rarey sketches.




Finally, some examples of George Rareys artwork adorning the cowlings of 379th FS Thunderbolts




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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 04:59 AM UTC
This chance doesnt come along very often.
http://www.goantiques.com/detail,wwii-book-laughter,1862184.html

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:44 PM UTC
If only I had enough money
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 05:04 AM UTC
This is the first time I've seen a copy of this excellent book up for grabs on Ebay.
Laughter And Tears

Nige
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:46 AM UTC
Should have kept that quiet Nige...Now nyou will be up against the rest of us when you bid
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:49 AM UTC

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Should have kept that quiet Nige...Now you will be up against the rest of us when you bid



No worries on that front Paddy, I already have a copy in the vault

Happy Bidding
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:44 PM UTC
..just discovered the six-page feature on Rarey in Aeroplane magazine, April 2006 issue..

I'm wondering if anyone knows more about the 379th FS stay at Headcorn from April 1944 (my local airfield). The airfield museum has an entire room devoted to the 354th FG who operated out of Headcorn during June 1944, but this is the first mention I've come across of any P-47 equipped units at the airfield..
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 11:22 PM UTC
Hi Neil.
The Wormingford airfield site ( where the 362nd FG were based prior to Headcorn) lists them as leaving on the 15th April 1944 for Headcorn. Their next base was Etiene according to the Wormingford site.
Wikepedia however, states that they arrived at Headcorn on 13th April and began their move to France on July 2nd, finally leaving for good on July 7th, relocating to Lignerolles (ALG A12)
Interestingly, Wikepedias site for Headcorn makes no mention of the 354th FG being based there

Quick answer sorry,,gotta go to work.
All the best
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 11:46 PM UTC
So many units stopped off in the SE around D-Day for just a few days nothing would surprise me.
Hi Neil, My local is Redhill, i used to pass headcorn on my way to the Wings and Wheels at Rob Davis place. The best air show of the lot and finished by stupid bureaucracy !!
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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 03:28 AM UTC
Thanks for the replies guys. Headcorn is well worth a visit on a summer Sunday afternoon - plenty of flying and a nice 354th FG museum to look around.
Paddy; Rob usually manages a fly-by or two on a Sunday during the summer and put down to refuel 'Big Beautiful Doll' when I was there last weekend! ' Wings' sadly was a victim of its own success..spent two hours trying to get in to the last show ..and I only live 20 mintues from Woodchurch!
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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 06:34 AM UTC
Greetings Everyone.

Great Site, I have this book too, A great read, very touching. I also happen to be a 362nd buff. I have been buying books and magazines about the 362nd for years, as well as building a few of their aircraft, Most still in the works.

If anyone has questions about the 362nd, i will surely try to help

NEWSWEEK ARTICLE
BUILDING DAMONS DEMON
CRASH SITE ARTICLE( In French)

And for the record, Chris Bucholtz is writing a book (Osprey) about the 362nd. Should be a good one.

Enjoy the links

Scott - Wisconsin





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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 09:47 AM UTC
Hi Scott.
A very warm welcome to the P-47 Special Interest Group.
Thanks for the links, I'm sure many people will find them very interesting.( I know I did )
I took the liberty of turning your links into hotlinks.
All the best
Nige
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 07:26 AM UTC
When is Headcorn not Headcorn?,,,The answer....
When its Lashenden.
Confused?,,I certainly was!
The 362nd FG were based at station #412 Headcorn, which is 3 miles NE of Headcorn village.
They were based there from April 13th 1944 and the last of the groups personnel departed on July 9th. The airfield was returned to civilian ownership in September 1944. Most of the PSP was removed by engineers and taken to Normandy in August 1944, where it was used in the construction of forward airfields.
The 354th FG were based at station # 410 Lashenden, which is 1 1/2 mile SE of Headcorn village. They arrived on April 17th 1944 and the last of the group personnel departed for France on July 1st 1944.
Postwar one runway of the Lashenden base was used for civilian light aircraft and renamed Headcorn.
So its very likely that the Headcorn museum you refer to Neil is technically a "Lashenden" museum
All makes perfect sense to me........................errrrrrrrrr,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Nige
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 08:20 AM UTC
yes thanks Nige...so its not the same airfield then..

....I was actually aware that Headcorn was/is Lashenden....since Lashenden is in the museums's title...but just so used to referring to it as Headcorn I guess..

the French site is interesting .. Rarey baled out near Villers-Bocage (800 metres west of the hamlet on the Caumont road) after being hit by flak while strafing a German column on 27 June 1944. He was too low and his chute didn't open....his demise was witnessed by a French 'peasant'. His stricken machine ploughed into a German truck on the road and exploded. He was summarily buried in a roadside grave by the Germans (under a wooden cross marked 'English airman') and later laid to rest at Colville-sur-mer where he still lies...(the American cemetery at Omaha beach..) . There is a memorial stone in the village..having recently visited both of those locations it would have been nice to have been able to pay my respects..

..thanks for the links too Scott ...

I know Buchholz has a web blog and has published some extracts from his research for the Osprey title... but I've lost the address ....can anyone help..?
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 08:43 AM UTC
Well I can safely say I am not an owner of this book as I was outbid at the last minute

Oh well, there may be another time. I'll just have too consul myself and go out a buy a P-47 kit instead (wondering if I can get a VFS kit cheap?)
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 08:56 AM UTC
Not guilty of the last minute outbidding.
I just watched from the wings.
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 09:03 AM UTC
No Worries, I just wished that the auction ended in 4 days time as it would be pay day for me and I could have gone a bit higher

Evil bay did recommend this as a similar item though RC P-47 Plans
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 10:01 AM UTC
Sorry Allen......It did go to a good home

PS...glad you hadnt been paid !
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 03:03 PM UTC
Heres Chris Bucholtz web blog
HOTLINK
and another page I found

RALPH COPELAND INTERVIEW

another RareyBird build

RAREY BIRD BUILD

Some other 362nd links
BRANDON NUTTALLS STORY

IRWIN TAYLORS STORY

I actually have another book written by Damon Rarey titled "Rarey" Volume 1 Same concept as Laughter & Tears but done years before and alot simpler. Along with a number of other books written by pilots and ground crew of the 362nd. Not bragging, just sharing, but dont feel bad, Ive spent ALOT of $$$ collecting these treasures.

Hope you enjoy the links ( I hope the links work this time)

Scott - Wisconsin

EDIT:.Hotlinks added.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 12:37 AM UTC

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Sorry Allen......It did go to a good home

PS...glad you hadn't been paid !

That's OK Patrick, I think Sam (Camogirl) was more disappointed than me, as she was paying for it as a thank you to me for putting up with her Depression and supporting her for the last few years. But never mind there may be another chance sometime in the future

PS. Just out of interest how much was your maximum bid? (If you don't mind me asking?)
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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 05:09 AM UTC
Hi Allen

I had a auto bid of 51 on it. I wouldn't of gone any higher to be honest.
I have no idea what its true value is but i suppose you would have to say its 42 because thats what it fetched.
If i see another i will let you know

Paddy

PS
I had a bout of depression about 20 years ago and its a strange time. The only thing i would say is that once you come through it you are a better person for the experience. You learn to love life and become expert in spotting the signs in other people. Best of all you can spot the signs in yourself at a very early stage which is 99.9% of the way to stopping it ever happening again. There was a time when i was totally pissed off with life !! now i really enjoy it and never look back ...

Maybe that will be a little encouragement for Camo...Hang in there and you will get through it and once you get things back into perspective things can actually be better than ever before :-))
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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 05:32 AM UTC

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I actually have another book written by Damon Rarey titled "Rarey" Volume 1 Same concept as Laughter & Tears but done years before and alot simpler. Along with a number of other books written by pilots and ground crew of the 362nd.



..Scott , would be interested to know what you think of this volume which has extracts from Rarey's writings and letters along with selections of his artwork in colour . Note the cover 'drawing' of Rarey's machine. This is an excellent looking 320 page softback that I picked up cheaply on ebay.fr full of personal accounts & pics (unfortunately small & dark) from the 9th AF squadrons that operated over & in Normandy. The author self-published an English edition entitled ' A Stormy sky over Normandy ' (which doesn't bode well for the translation!) - wonder if anyone here has seen it...







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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 10:19 AM UTC
Yes, I have that one. I have the translated version. The Rarey section is only about 5 pages long. But the book as a whole is a very interesting read. Remy Chuinard has been a friend of the 362nd FG association for years. He's mentioned a number of times in Andy Anderson's " Blood Sweat & Fears" Which is THE definitive book on the 362nd!! Unfortunately it's very difficult to find.

Heres some of the rare books Ive found




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Scott - Wisconsin

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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 10:23 PM UTC
Thanks for that - I assume that Remy Chiunard reproduced the pilots accounts in their original versions for the English edition, so yes I imagine that I'm going to now have to look for that volume. I assume too that Chris Buchholz is going to be plundering these sources (in the nicest possible way) for his Osprey title - can't access the site for some reason but looking forward to his book. (his 4th FG title was nicely put together..)
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 11:28 AM UTC
Got my book at last ...very pleased


:)