Republic P-47D Thunderbolt – Shirley Jane III, 377th FS, 362nd FG USAAF, Edwin Fisher, Lignerolles, France, 1944
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends US33817: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Shirley Jane III”, 377th FS, 362nd FG USAAF, Edwin Fisher, Lignerolles, France, 1944. Intended primarily for US issue. Hard to find
6 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
Credited with seven German fighters destroyed, Ed Fisher was one of only three aces created by the 362nd FG. He claimed five victories flying P-47D razorbacks before gaining his final two kills (both Bf109s) in this machine on August 9, 1944. Despite being officially credited with four Fw 190s and three Bf109s destroyed, the tally carefully painted onto 42-26919 shows four Fw 190s, one Bf109 and two Bf110s, as well as three V1s. Fisher’s groundcrew also meticulously recorded his strafing sorties against road transport and trains, with shallow dive-bombing missions and fighter sweeps all listed separately. This aircraft failed to return from a mission to Elmersdorf in October 1944.
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.