Corgi Legends Series Diecast Model
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt – "Boche Buster/Rozzie Geth", Lt. Fred J. "Chris" Christensen, Jr., 62nd FS, 56th FG, USAAF, Halesworth, England, 1944
1:72 Scale. Length: 6". Wingspan: 6.75"
P-47D-10 Thunderbolt “Boche Buster" was flown by Lt. (later Capt.) Fred J. "Chris" Christensen Jr. while attached to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, USAAF. Later, while flying P-47D 42-26628 "Miss Fire"/"Rozzie Geth II" he became famous for downing six enemy aircraft in one encounter. Christensen ended the war with 21.5 aerial victories in 107 missions. He later served 24 years with both the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, retiring as a colonel.Realistic panel lines
Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Fixed position landing gear
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a single-seat fighter aircraft used by the U.S. and allied air forces during World War II. It was one of the largest, heaviest, most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. The P-47B was first flown on May 6, 1941 with the first production aircraft being delivered in May 1942. The Thunderbolt was very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter and as a fighter-bomber proved especially adept at ground attack. The aircrafts eight .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns could inflict severe damage on lightly armored targets. In the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry ten five-inch rockets or a bomb load of up to 2,500 pounds.
The first P-47 combat mission took place on March 10, 1943 when the 4th FG took their aircraft on a fighter sweep over France. By 1944, the P-47 Thunderbolt was in service with the USAAF in all of its operational theaters, except Alaska. Although the P-51 Mustang eventually replaced the P-47 in the long-range escort role in Europe, the P-47 still ended the war with 3752 air-to-air victories claimed in over 746,000 sorties. A total of 15,678 P-47s of all types were built, the last being a P-47N, which rolled off the Republic Aviation production line in October 1945. The P-47 Thunderbolt served with the U.S. Army Air Force (U.S. Air Force after 1947) until 1949 and the Air National Guard until 1953.
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Category: Corgi 1:72 U.S. Military Aircraft Models
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