P-47 Thunderbolt

The story of Walter Beckham, the P-47 Thunderbolt pilot and Eighth Air Force’s Leading Ace shot down while pioneering Airfield Strafing Tactics against Luftwaffe Aircraft

The story of Walter Beckham, the P-47 Thunderbolt pilot and Eighth Air Force’s Leading Ace shot down while pioneering Airfield Strafing Tactics against Luftwaffe Aircraft

Airfield strafing attacks In his “New Year’s Message,” USAAF commanding general Henry “Hap” Arnold ordered Eighth AF to “Destroy the… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the P-47 that safely RTB after it had a wing sheared off against a chimney during a strafing run and its tail damaged by Spitfires that mistook it for a German fighter

The P-47 Thunderbolt Affectionately nicknamed "Jug," the P-47 was one of the most famous US Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighter… Read More

5 months ago

In 1949 Tuskegee Airmen won the first ever USAF Weapons’ Meet flying obsolete F-47 Thunderbolts. But their victory was hidden and the trophy stored at the USAF Museum for years.

The 332nd Fighter Group, formed by Tuskegee Airmen, had impressive scores, and despite the racial tension at that time, was… Read More

10 months ago

Remembering Donald C. Spalinger, the P-47 pilot shot down by German flak while diving on the gun positions in the hope of distract them from targeting a B-25 bomber formation

The P-47s from the 66th Squadron, 57th Fighter Wing, escorted the B-25 bombers. When enemy fighters failed to appear, the… Read More

1 year ago

P-47 Thunderbolt Vs P-51B Mustang Vs P-51D Mustang: a comparison between USAAF’s Best Single Engine Fighters

The P-47 began the destruction of the Luftwaffe, the P-51D would complete the job. But without the P-51B air war… Read More

2 years ago

P-47 Thunderbolt pilot explains why strafing German trains during World War II was a dangerous business

Trains were never safe from roaming P-47 Thunderbolts on armed reconnaissance missions. However, German tactics quickly made strafing them a… Read More

2 years ago

Remembering the Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission, USAAF’s most disastrous air battle to date.

Although the raid caused heavy damage at both factories, 60 of the 376 bombers—about 1 in 6 of those dispatched—were… Read More

2 years ago

During WWII Axis pilots tested captured Allied aircraft: they deemed the Spitfire a miserable fighter, the LaGG–3 poorly maneuverable and the P-51 disconcerting

‘The Spitfire handles well, is light on the controls, faultless in the turn and has a performance approaching that of… Read More

3 years ago

First air-to-air sortie for A-10 Warthog with new World War II heritage paint scheme of P-47 Thunderbolt

The heritage scheme on the Idaho Air Guard A-10 is designed to replicate the paint as it appeared on the… Read More

3 years ago

During World War II many P-47 pilots were lost in accidents while learning to fly the mighty Jug, here’s why

No P-47 dual-seat trainers were ever built, and some pilots found the step up in performance from the Texan to… Read More

4 years ago

The ringmaster’s Grand Finale: Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland tells the exciting story of his last combat mission

“As usual in a dogfight, I was tense and excited. I forgot to release the second safety catch for the… Read More

4 years ago

Missing P-47 Thunderbolt pilot from WW II found

More than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII perished during the conflict, and 72,766 remain missing… Read More

5 years ago