What P-47 Was Kearby Flying on his last mission?
There is a long standing controversy over which plane
Col. Neel Kearby was flying on his final mission when he
was shot down and killed over Wewak. Pacific Wreck
wanted to clarify this point, and solve this misconception.
What Plane Was Kearby Flying on his final Mission?
"I got word from Jesse Ivey's widow that Kearby was
flying his P-47 on the fatal mission. However, I checked
the manufacturer's number on FIREY GINGER [IV, Serial Number 42-22668] and it
tallies with the plane that Kearby flew on the last mission. Also, regret that
I have almost no information on Jessie Ivey's P-47 or a photo of him. I was
corresponding with him for a time before his death. 1946). For further reading, see Stanaway's book P-47
/ P-51 Aces of the Pacific/CBI pages 26-27.
Recovery & Donation
of Tail Section
The tail P-47
Thunderbolt “Fiery Ginger IV” was recovered
by Robert Greinert of HARS in
2000. It has since been donated to
the USAF Museum. This wreckage would further confirm
that Kearby was flying 42-22668, and thus solve the controversy
over which plane he was flying on his last mission.
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