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Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-47D-2-RE Thunderbolt serial number 42-8074. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group. No known nickname or nose art. This P-47 was stripped and buried in a pit at Finschafen Airfield.
During 2002, this aircraft was reportedly dug up by an Australian group known as '75 Squadron' (no association with the RAAF or 75 Squadron) while the group was recovering aircraft scrap from Finschafen Airfield.
was transported to Lae where it was loaded into a container
and shipped to Australia. Unloaded at Melbourne, this and other wreckage was transported by road on city streets during Melbourne morning rush hour traffic and identified as P-38s and P-47s by many drivers.
Shipped to Westpac
Restorations in Rialto, California. During 2003-2004, this wreckage was stored at their facility during 2003-2004. At the time, details on this aircraft were unknown due to non-disclosure
agreement with the owner/client Paul
Allen / Flying Heritage Collection.
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