Republic P-47D Thunderbolt – Daring Dottie 111, 341st FS, USAAF, John Moore
P-47D Thunderbolt -Daring Dottie 111, 341st FS (John Moore)
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33812: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Daring Dottie 111” flown by ace Major John Moore of the USAAF 341st Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group based at New Guinea during 1944. Limited edition of 2,200 Pieces. Superb looking model with unusual colour scheme.
Length 6 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
John Moore scored his final four of a total seven victories in this aircraft, the last of which took the form of a Zeke off Manus Island. Early photos of this P-47D suggest the fighter was conventionally camouflaged at some point, prior to adopting this unique scheme, the purpose of which has never been explained. After completing his stint as 341st FS CO in July 1944, John Moore was transferred to the group’s HQ Flight and remained here until sadly lost in action on 8th October during a dive bombing mission over Ceram Island, west of New Guinea, in P-47-23 43-27597.
Designed by Alexander Kartveli meeting a USAAC requirement for a heavy fighter, the P-47 was first flown on May 6th, 1941. Later models featured a “bubble-top” canopy rather than the sharply peaked “razorback” fuselage which resulted in poor visibility for the aircraft’s pilot. The P-47, a deadly pursuit aircraft, featured 8 x 12.7mm machine guns; all mounted in the wings. Even with the complicated turbosupercharger system, the sturdy airframe and tough radial engine, the P-47 (“Jug” or “Juggernaut” as it was nicknamed) could absorb damage and still return home. Built in greater quantities than any other US fighter, the P-47 was the heaviest single-engine WWII fighter and the first piston-powered fighter to exceed 500 mph.