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  P-47D "Sweetwater Swatter!" Serial Number ?  
5th AF
348th FG
340th FS

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Carter c1944

Aircraft History
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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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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