Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Debate still rages about which was the US Army Air Forces’ best fighter in the European theatre of operations. But is it even possible to reach a meaningful verdict?
Republic P-47N Thunderbolt 44-89136 (N844WA) arrived at Peachtree City, Georgia on August 1 where it is to be restored by the Georgia Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
In late 1944, the men of the Duxford-based 78th Fighter Group faced a new challenge. Since 1943 they had run the gauntlet of German fighters and anti-aircraft fire in that tremendously dependable platform, the P-47 Thunderbolt. Now the ‘Duxford Eagles’ were converting to the P-51 Mustang — and some of them weren’t best pleased. With extracts from unit records, this is the story of the 78th’s transition