Corgi US33824 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - Herschel Green, "White 11", 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group ("Checkertail Clan"), Celone, Italy, 1944 (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.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fighter that was piloted by Herschel Green, who was attached to the 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, then deployed to Celone, Italy, during 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.75 inches
Length: 6 inches
Release Date: August 2009
Historical Account: "Herky" - Herschel "Herky" Green was a World War II flying ace in the United States Army Air Force. Green was the leading ace of the Fifteenth Air Force downing 18 enemy aircraft and destroying 10 more on the ground. He flew in 1943 and 1944 in the North Africa and Italian campaigns, attached to the 325th Fighter Group.
By the end of his career in 1944, he had flown 100 missions and received the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He published his memoirs Herky!: the Memoirs of a Checkertail Ace in 1996.