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  P-47D-21-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 43-25643  
5th AF
348th FG
340th FS

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Carter c1944-45

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. 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. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 340th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Captain William Otto Carter, Jr. with crew chief R. R. Hemenway assistant Joe Wilmes.

This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish with a black fuselage stripe behind the cockpit. A scoreboard with at least twenty bombing missions was below the cockpit, including the silhouette of a Japanese ship, claimed as sunk November 29, 1944. Likely, this aircraft was nicknamed "Sweetwater Swatter!"

During March 1945, transferred to the 100th Service Group. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

OttoCarter - P-47D 43-25643 (photo)
Thanks to Otto Carter, III (son) for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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