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  P-47D-23-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-27608  
USAAF
5th AF
348th FG
342nd FS

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Tony Densley 1974

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Tony Densley 1974

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David Pulley 1982

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Phil Bradley 1990

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Justin Taylan 2000

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Wartime History
On December 16, 1944 damaged during a takeoff accident from Dobodura No. 7 Airfield (Girua). Afterwards, written off and abandoned.

Wreckage
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.

Recovery
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.

References
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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May 3, 2016

 

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