Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 1770. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South-West Pacific and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 342nd Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. This P-47 was field modified by the 5th Air Force with a "Christmas tree fuel tank" installed into the turtle deck, behind the pilot.
On December 16, 1944 damaged during a takeoff accident from Dobodura No. 7 Airfield (Girua). Afterwards, written
off and abandoned.
This P-47 was abandoned in the Dobodura area. At some point after 1974, this aircraft was moved near the terminal of Girua Airport and installed as a memorial flat on the ground in the 1970s. Later in the early 1980s, this P-47 was displayed vertical on its nose. It remained at the airport until 1999.
In 1999, this aircraft was salvaged by Robert
Greinert / HARS and shipped to Sydney. During 2000, the fuselage was
stored at the HARS near Sydney Airport (Mascot).
Greinert planed to restore it to flying condition and
use it as a template and model for the restoration of P-47D 42-8066. This aircraft was de-skinned and parts swapped with P-47D 42-27609 to confuse the providence and export of each aircraft.
Classic Wings Issue 78 "Return to Thunder Alley" pages 22-25 Vol 17, No 5 2010 lists serial number as [P-47D-2-RE Thunderbolt] 42-8310 "At Popondetta, a P-47D thought to be 42-8310, had been tipped up on its nose and hand its firewall concreted into the ground in a bizarre display that did anything but pay homage to the battles fought by the old warhorse many years earlier... This aircraft is Robert's [Greinert] own personal P-47 and it was intended that this would be the second and last to go through the facility."
Thanks to Kenneth Wilson for constructor number
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November 13, 2018