Hobby Master HA8403 USAAF Republic P-47M Thunderbolt Fighter - Maj. George Bostwick, "Ugly Duckling," 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, RAF Boxted, England, 1945 (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 P-47M that was piloted by Major George Bostwick, who was attached to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, then deployed to RAF Boxted, England, during 1945. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 8.75 inches
Release Date: December 2013
Historical Account: "Ugly Duckling" - George E. Bostwick grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and attended Ripon College from 1937.41 where he received a BS degree. He entered the U.S. Army Infantry in June 1941 and graduated from flying school on October 1st, 1943.
Arriving at Boxsted, England in early 1944, he joined the 62nd Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group and flew his first mission on May 11th, 1944. By the end of June, Bostwick had flown 37 missions including two on D-Day to the Normandy beachhead.
On June 7th, he destroyed his first aircraft in the air, an ME 109, over Grandvilliers, France and on July 4th over Conches Airdrome Bostwick destroyed three ME 109's in quick succession. He also damaged an ME 109 in the air on the same mission. For the most part of the mission, he was on his own and at a great disadvantage because of a malfunctioning aircraft.
He was awarded the Silver Star for his accomplishments on this mission. Two days later, on July 6th, flying LM.Z "Ugly Duckling," Bostwick destroyed an ME 109 in the air over Beaumont, France, to become an ace. On September 8, on this 70th mission, he destroyed three FW 190's on the ground at Euskirchen Airdrome.
Reassigned to the 63rd Squadron on his return to the 56th Fighter Group for a second combat tour in January 1945, Bostwick flew his first mission on January 10th, a rodeo to Cologne. On March 25th, George Bostwick became one of the few allied pilots to shoot down a twin jet ME 262. On April 7th, he destroyed two ME 190s in the air Near Bremen. Three days later, Bostwick flew a rodeo to Berlin and in an attack on Werder Airdrome destroyed four aircraft on the ground.