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  P-47D-2-RE "Frankie" Serial Number 42-8130 Nose 67
USAAF
5th AF
348th FG
341st FS
"Black Jack"

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Lolos November 1943

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Uling July 13, 1944

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Ray Fairfield 1968

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Justin Taylan 2000

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Justin Taylan 2006

Pilot  Captain Samuel V. Blair (survived)
Force landed  1943
MACR  none

Pilot History
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.

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Constructor Number 270. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled ans shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
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".

Wartime History
During 1943, this P-47 force landed at Hood Point Airfield (Hula Airfield) east of Port Moresby. The precise date of crash is unknown, but was sometime after November 7, 1943. The rear fuselage was severely damaged, and the P-47 was abandoned upside down at the end of the runway.

Wreckage
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.

References
Thanks to Scott Marchand, / Director of Collections & Aircraft Restorations at the PIMA Air & Space Museum, Bruce Hoy and Charles Darby for additional information.

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Last Updated
July 9, 2017

 

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