Armour Collection B11F038 USAAF Republic P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt Fighter - 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, Boxled, England, 1944 (1:48 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.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a USAAF Republic P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt fighter that was attached to the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, then quartered at Boxled, England, in 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 8.75 inches
Release Date: February 2009
Historical Account: "First Responders" - Originally designated as Detachment B of the 65th Fighter Wing, the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron was activated at Boxted in May 1944. The squadron's mission was to perform air/sea rescue missions with war weary P-47 Thunderbolts transferred from other fighter groups. The squadron's fuselage code was "5F".
The aircraft were modified to carry dinghies, marker buoys and flares on their bomb racks. The mission of the unit was to locate pilots who had bailed out over the North Sea and would drop liferafts and inform sea-based rescue units who would then pick up the pilots.
The unit moved to RAF Halesworth in January 1945.