Republic P-47D-25 Thunderbolt – Bonnie, 460th FS, 348th FG USAAF, Bill Dunham, Philippines 1944
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends HC33814: Republic P-47D-25 Thunderbolt “Bonnie”, 460th FS, 348th FG USAAF, William Dunham 1944. Intended primarily for US issue. Hard to find in History Channel packaging
Length 6 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
Dinghy’ Dunham scored his first seven victories in a P-47D-2 called ‘Bonnie’ but by late 1944 had moved onto a P-47D-25 also called ‘Bonnie’ and now extravagantly showing a host of kill markings. As the 348th FG’s second most successful ace, Dunham almost certainly scored his final four P-47 kills in this particular fighter. He left his beloved 460th FS in mid-December 1944 to become assistant group operations officer, prior to returning home in January 1945 to attend a gunnery course. He re-joined the group in May 1945 to find the P-47’s replaced by Mustangs and it was in one such P-51K called ‘Mrs Bonnie’ that he scored his sixteenth and final victory on 1st August.
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.