348th FG, c43-44
Built by Republic. Painted olive drab. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 340th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to 1st Lt. William Otto Carter, Jr. who nicknamed it ""Amaranthus! / Sweetwater Swatter". Sweetwater, Texas was his hometown. "Amaranthus!" was the name of Carter's high school band bus, and a nod to his band director, Jack Armstrong. Below was nose art of a Japanese soldier being swatted with a fly swatter.
P-47 operated from Port Moresby.
Otto Carter, III (son of William Otto Carter, Jr.)
"My father had five different planes during his wartime service. He had two different planes named "Sweetwater Swatter" and two others named "Carter's Lil' Pill". Two were named "Sweetwater Swatter" The former it was a take-off
on the town, Sweetwater, Texas where he was born and raised. The cowling
had a picture of a Japanese face getting hit with a fly swatter. "
Previously, it was believed that P-47D 42-8066 was nicknamed "Sweetwater Swatter" by Carter. In fact, this was the nickname of this aircraft and later P-47D "Sweetwater Swatter!"
Thanks to William Otto Carter, III for additional information
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May 22, 2017