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.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a P-47D-25 Thunderbolt fighter flown by 1st Lt. Kenneth Chetwood, of the 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, then based at Suffolk, during June 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.75 inches
Length: 6 inches
Release Date: February 2007
Historical Account: "Choo-Choo" - One of the first "bubbletop" P-47s received by the 353rd FG, this aircraft was delivered to the group's Raydon base on the eve of D-Day. It was assigned to 1st Lt. Kenneth Chetwood, who was universally known as "Choo-Choo" to his squadronmates because of his penchant for shooting German trains. This was the last of five P-47s assigned to Chetwood. The fighter remained with the 350th FS until its conversion to Mustangs in October 1944. It was salvaged the following month.