From The Lake

Frank B Mormillo profiles a World War Two fighter that’s flying in Californian skies after many years of restoration


John Maloney flying Republic P-47D Thunderbolt ‘Dottie Mae’ on June 25. ALL FRANK B MORMILLO
Inside the P-47D Thunderbolt’s cockpit.
The fighter was carrying no ordnance on its underwing pylons when it was lost, and has been restored accordingly.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 42-29150 Dottie Mae – the last USAAF aircraft lost in action in the European theatre of operations during World War Two – was recovered from the Traunsee, a lake in Austria, on June 13, 2005.

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