Dragon DRW50265 USAAF Republic P-47D-11-RE Fighter - Francis S. 'Gabby' Gabreski, "HV-A", 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group (1:72 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
Nicknamed the "Jug" for its bulky shape, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was considered a monster of a machine. Despite its size, the Thunderbolt proved to be a fast and maneuverable warbird able to hold its own in combat. In fact, when Allied pilots climbed aboard a P-47, they knew the were in control of a fighting machine with enormous power. More importantly, they knew that if their aircraft was hit but gunfire, they had an excellent chance of making it home. Shaped with a sharp upper ridge, the early types of P-47D were given a name "Razorback". During the war, the Razorbacks served as striking fighters and sometimes escort fighters of the allied bombers when conducting raids over Germany.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Republic P-47D-11-RE Thunderbolt Razorback fighter, that was flown by Francis S. 'Gabby' Gabreski of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: September 2006
Historical Account: "Pride of Poland" - By the time of his retirement from active Air Force service in 1967, Francis S. 'Gabby' Gabreski had flown more combat missions than any other American pilot. This highly decorated Polish-American pilot flew in both WWII and the Korean War, in planes as diverse as the Spitfire Mark IX, the P-47D Thunderbolt, and the F-86 Sabre.
This model fighter aircraft is resplendent in the markings of the USAAF's famous 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, with such delicate touches as a red-striped spinner. This incredibly detailed scale model shows fifteen German victory marks on the fuselage. In fact, 'Gabby' was to reach thirty-one victories (28 aerial, and 3 on the ground) before he was shot down on 20 July1944, and forced to spend the rest of the war in a German POW camp. At the time this made him the highest scoring ace of the war, though several others were to surpass his tally by the end of WWII. Later, he also added another 6.5 victories during the Korean War.