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USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, Duxford, England, May 1944

Hobby Master USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, Duxford, England, May 1944

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Hobby Master HA8457 USAAF Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter - 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, Duxford, England, May 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

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II era fighter aircraft produced by the United States between 1941 and 1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg). When fully loaded the P-47 weighed up to eight tons (tonnes) making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine which was also used by two U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific theaters.

The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with Allied air forces including France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.

The armored cockpit was relatively roomy and comfortable, the bubble canopy introduced on the P-47D in particular offering good visibility. A present-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.

Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a P-47D Thunderbolt fighter that was attached to the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, then deployed to Duxford, England, during May 1944. Pre-order! Ship Date: February 2020.

Wingspan: 10-inches
Length: 8-3/4-inches

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Historical Account: "Panthers" - The squadron was activated in 1942, as the 84th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor). Soon after its activation the US Army transferred the squadron to England where it lost a majority of its pilots and planes to the American war effort in North Africa. During the war the 84th flew missions ranging from bomber escort, ground attack, counter-air, and close air support.

In April 1943, the unit was involved in its first combat mission in North Africa. In June 1944, the 84th supported the Allied landings at Normandy and directly contributed to the breakthrough at Saint-Lo in July 1944. In September 1944, the squadron contributed to the Allied victory in the Arnhem-Nijmegen airborne landings; notably, they suppressed numerous ground positions during the airborne assault and were credited with saving scores of American and British troop transports. For this action the 84th received the Distinguished Unit Citation.

In December 1944, the 84th began flying the North American P-51 Mustang. They used their new plane very successfully and on April 10th destroyed 58 aircraft on the ground earning the 84th its second Distinguished Unit Citation. In April 1945, the 84th flew its last combat mission escorting British bombers on their way to Hitler's "Eagles Nest". The squadron completed three years overseas and was credited with 260 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed.

  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Opening canopy
  • Comes with seated pilot figure
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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