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  P-47D "Dirty Old Man" Serial Number ?  
5th AF
348th FG
342nd FS

Aircraft History
Built by Republic. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Painted with olive drab upper surfaces and a white tail section.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 342nd Fighter Squadron. Assigned to pilot Walter Benz. Nicknamed "Dirty Old Man".

On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" while parked at Saidor Airfield, this P-47 was struck by A-20G 42-86768 sliding across the runway. Damaged, ground crews had to extricate the pilot from the twisted fuselage. Ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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