Built by Republic. Painted olive drab. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 340th Fighter Squadron. Assigned to William Otto Carter, Jr. who nicknamed it "Sweetwater Swatter!". Sweetwater, Texas was his hometown. The second aircraft of his that bore this nickname.
Otto Carter, III (son of William Otto Carter, Jr.)
"He had two different planes named "Sweetwater Swatter" and two others named "Carter's Lil' Pill". My father had five different planes during his wartime service.
The former it was a take-off
on the town, Sweetwater, Texas where he was born and raised."
Previously, it was believed that P-47D 42-8066 was nicknamed "Sweetwater Swatter" by Carter. In fact, this was the nickname of his later two aircaft including: P-47D "Amaranthus! Sweetwater Swatter". Likely, "Sweetwater Swatter!" was P-47D 43-25643
Thanks to Otto Carter, III for additional information
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May 22, 2017