Republic P-47D Thunderbolt – Herschel Green, 317th FS, USAAF 1944
P-47D Thunderbolt – Herschel Green, 317th FS, USAAF. Ltd Edn
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33804: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “11” flown by Capt Herschel Green of the USAAF 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group based at Celone in Italy during 1944. Limited edition of 2,900. Pieces. Superb looking model with chequerboard tail art.
Length 6 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
Herschel ‘Herky’ Green served with the 317th FS, 325th Fighter Group, 15th AF. Top ace of the “Checkertail Clan” with 18 air victories, (3 in P-40s, 10 in P-47s, 5 in P-51s), plus 10 destroyed on the ground. Total Combat Sorties: 100.
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.