Samuel V. Blair (survived)
Blair claimed a total of seven victories, at least three in this aircraft: October 23, 1943, November 5 and November 7. He survived the war, and passed away
in the 1980s. The airplane's crew chief was Sgt Marshall, who passed away in 2000.
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Constructor Number 270. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled ans shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 341st Fighter Squadron "Black Jack". Assigned to pilot Samuel V. Blair with armorer Sgt. Robert P. Harrell. Nicknamed "Frankie" on both sides of the engine cowling. After its loss, he named his next P-47D "Frankie II".
During 1943, this P-47 force landed at Hood
Point Airfield (Hula Airfield) east of Port Moresby. Precise date of crash is unknown, but sometime after November 7, 1943. The rear fuselage was
severely damaged, and the P-47 was abandoned upside down at the end of the
This P-47 remained at Hood
Point. During 1968, the engine, cockpit section
and tail were salvaged by Bill Chapman and transported to Jackson Airport for to use as a source of spare parts for the restoration of P-47D 42-8066.
During the early 1970s, Charles Darby was allowed to export P-47D 42-8066 and in exchange was to restore and return this aircraft. This P-47 was transported to New Zealand and restored at Museum of Transportation and Technology (MoTaT). Per his agreement, it was returned to the PNG
Museum and placed on display until 2001.
During 2001, the aircraft
was taken by Robert
Greinert / HARS to
re-restore and was shipped to Australia and some minor restoration work (stripping of paint) was undertaken.
Instead of being further restored and returned to the PNG
Museum, the P-47 was sold to the Pima Air & Space Museum and shipped to the United States and placed into
storage to await further restoration.
Thanks to Scott Marchand, / Director of Collections & Aircraft Restorations at the PIMA Air & Space Museum, Bruce Hoy and Charles Darby for additional
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May 3, 2016