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  P-47D-11-RA Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22973  
5th AF

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Keith Hopper 2007

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at the Indiana Division of Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN. Constructor Number 724. Delivered to the U. S. Army on October 31, 1943 and delivery taken on November 5, 1943. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
During late February or March 1, 1944 took off from Iron Range Airfield piloted Lt. Metler. Suffered an accident with P-40N Warhawk 42-105306 killing the pilot. Damaged, this P-47 was was officially condemned on March 2, 1944.

This aircraft remained in situ until sold to fisherman who deskined the aluminum from the wreckage.

Later, the wreckage of this P-47 was sold to Keith Hopper.

Keith Hopper adds:
"I have the P-47 fuselage in storage. I do plan to restore the P-47 once my P-40 flys"

Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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