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MEGILE
01-10-2005, 04:48 PM
Despite my best efforts.. all I could find was this image.

http://www.btinternet.com/~lee_mail/P47-5.jpg

Does anybody have any pictures and/or info.
TY!
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MEGILE
01-10-2005, 04:48 PM
Despite my best efforts.. all I could find was this image.

http://www.btinternet.com/~lee_mail/P47-5.jpg

Does anybody have any pictures and/or info.
TY!
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WUAF_Badsight
01-10-2005, 04:56 PM
well this was posted today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flyingscampi:
"The pilots found that the only way to take evasive action in the p-47 was to undo their straps and run around the cockpit". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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p1ngu666
01-10-2005, 04:56 PM
used in burma, ill photo abit from a magazine i got, assumin i can find it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

MEGILE
01-10-2005, 05:00 PM
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berg417448
01-10-2005, 05:05 PM
No photo but there is a link with some info:

http://home.att.net/~jbaugher1/p47_17.html

http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2003/08/images/thomson_p47d_01.jpg

VW-IceFire
01-10-2005, 07:37 PM
Looks good in British SEAC markings. Anyone made a skin like that for the P-47?

berg417448
01-10-2005, 07:39 PM
http://www.sweptwings.co.uk/images/rafc_thunderbolt_1as.jpg

Republic P47-D Thunderbolt (45-49295) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford. This particular aircraft did not serve with the RAF and saw no operational service. It flew with the US National Guards and Yugoslav Air Force before arriving at Cosford in 1986. It is painted in the markings of 'KL216' of RAF 30 Squadron as a tribute to RAF Thunderbolt units in the far east. This unique aircraft is being transferred to Hendon during 2003. By May 2003 it had left Cosford. http://www.sweptwings.co.uk/thunderbolt_gallery.htm

voyager_663rd
01-10-2005, 08:24 PM
You certainly did better than I did. I only found the Cosford pic (above).

I did find some articles that said 830 jugs were delivered to the RAF prior to war's end.

Good luck. Gotta be something out there.

voyager_663rd
01-10-2005, 08:46 PM
A bit of history (no pics yet)

HD 185 was a P-47D-25, it was issued to 261 Squadron in 8/44, saw combat from 9/44, was withdrawn and overhauled late 44, issued to 258 Squadron 2/45, flew with that unit in combat until war's end, and in peace until late 1945, when it was transferred to 81 Squadron (and received these markings) on Java and served until 3/46. Spitfire VIII equipped 81 Sqd. transferred it's Spits to the RIAF, many pilots went home tour expired, and 123 Squadron on Tbolts was withdrawn from combat and renumbered 81 Squadron in 6/45, did not see action against the Japanese. 81 Squadron flew combat missions against the uprising from airfields on Java 10-12/45. Ex Hurri II equipped 60 Squadron was equipped on Tbolts 7/45, saw no action in CBI, also flew combat on Java 10-12/45 until the uprising was put down. "


And this is of more assistance:


The Royal Air Force was supplied with a total of 830 P-47Ds. In RAF service, the "razorback" P-47D was known as the Thunderbolt I and the "bubble canopy" P-47D was known as Thunderbolt II. Thunderbolt Is were delivered in two batches--serials FL731 to FL850 and HB962 to HD181. They were delivered to the RAF from the P-47D-22-RE production blocks. The "bubble-topped" Thunderbolt II fighters were from the P-47D-25/-30-RE and the P-47D-30/-40-RA production blocks, and four main batches were delivered--serials HD182 to HD301, KJ128 to KJ367, KL168 to KL347, and KL838 to KL976. A few aircraft in the last two batches were equipped with the dorsal fin strake.

The RAF Thunderbolts were evaluated in Europe, but most of them were shipped to the CBI theatre, where they fought against the Japanese. The following RAF squadrons --the 5th, 30th, 79th, 123rd (later became 81), 134th (later became 131), 135th (later became 615th ), 146th (later became 42nd), 258th and 261st Squadrons in 1944, and the 34th, 42nd, 60th, 81st, 113th, 131st and 615th Squadrons in 1945. However, many of these late arrivals were not in time to see any action. One of the first RAF squadrons to see action was the 5th Squadron, which was based in Burma and which had previously flown Mohawks and Hurricanes. They flew patrols under the direction of visual ground posts and caused tremendous damage among Japanese troops and supply lines.

Following V-J Day, most of the Thunderbolts rapidly disappeared from RAF squadrons, which were either disbanded or were reequipped with British-built aircraft. The last RAF squadron (No 60) disposed of their Thunderbolts in October of 1946. Sources:

1. The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion Books, 1987.

2. War Planes of the Second World War, Fighters, Volume Four, William Green, Doubleday 1964.

3. United States Military Aircraft since 1909, Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers, Smithsonian, 1989.

4. The Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Aircraft in Profile, Edward Shacklady, Doubleday, 1969.

5. Famous Fighters of the Second World War, Volume I, William Green, 1967.
6. Thunderbolt: A Documentary History of the Republic P-47, Roger Freeman, Motorbooks, 1992.

Hope it helps in your search.

chris455
01-10-2005, 09:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WUAF_Badsight:
well this was posted today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flyingscampi:
"The pilots found that the only way to take evasive action in the p-47 was to undo their straps and run around the cockpit". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

We are not amused Badsight. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

p1ngu666
01-10-2005, 09:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by chris455:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WUAF_Badsight:
well this was posted today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flyingscampi:
"The pilots found that the only way to take evasive action in the p-47 was to undo their straps and run around the cockpit". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

We are not amused Badsight. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

ya, theres no undo straps in pf http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

MEGILE
01-11-2005, 04:41 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VW-IceFire:
Looks good in British SEAC markings. Anyone made a skin like that for the P-47? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Be sure. This is the skin I use when flying in the Pacific.

http://www.il2skins.com:8080/skins/screenshots/9155.jpg

http://www.il2skins.com/?action=downloadskin&id=9155

Excellent work by Goodwood as always.


However this one is definatly my favourite P-47D27 skin out of all of them.
I use this when flying in the desert map http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://www.il2skins.com:8080/skins/screenshots/5986.jpg

http://www.il2skins.com/?action=downloadskin&id=5986

Made by Bo_Nidle http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

I was hoping to add a Western Skin to my collection.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif