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DURING THE BURMA CAMPAIGN RAF THUNDERBOLTS WERE FLOWN WITH DISTINCTION, AS ANDREW THOMAS RELATES

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Thunderbolt Is of 135 Squadron at Chittagong in late 1944. The second aircraft is HB982 in which Plt Off Bob Windle shot down a Ki-43 ‘Oscar’ over Rangoon on November 17, 1944.
VIA G J THOMAS

Converting from the Hurricane to the largest single-seat fighter in RAF service was quite a leap. Powered by a massive 14-cylinder 2,300hp (1,715kW) Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp radial, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt had an empty weight of 10,000lb (4,536kg), almost twice that of a Hurricane. With the tide turning in Assam, near Imphal, India by mid-1944, it was hoped that the big American fighter would help repulse the Japanese threat.

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