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  P-47D-23-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-27609  
5th AF

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Robert Stitt c1970s

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructors Number 1771. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art. Abandoned at Dobodura.

During the late 1970s, the fuselage center section of this P-47 plus wings and tail section were stored in the garden next to a house near Popondetta.

This P-47 was exported by Robert Greinert / HARS to Australia and stored until offered for sale. This aircraft was de-skinned and parts swapped with P-47D 42-27608 to confuse the providence and export of each aircraft.

As of 2013, acquired by Texas Flying Legends Museum , who plan to restore this P-47 to flying status. During late 2014 transported to Aircorps Aviation in Bemidji, MN. During January 2015, restoration was began on the aircraft including tear down, part inventory and part replacement.

Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 45 (lower photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27606
Air Corps Aviation - P-47D-23 Razorback
Warbird Digest Jan-Feb 2016 issue includes a "resurrection report of 42-27609" by Chuck Cravens
P-47D | Razorback | Texas Flying Legends Museum
Thanks to Chuck Cravens / Aircorps Aviation and Ken Wilson for constructors Number

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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