P-47

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.

Ray Maloney’s Heartbreaking Words About Being A Prisoner Of War

World War II Veteran Ray Maloney was a P-47 pilot who was shot down over enemy territory and was taken to the Prisoner Of War Camp “Stalag Luft III”, in Zagan, Poland, which was run by the Luftwaffe. This was the same camp which served as the inspiration for the movie “The Great Escape“. What …

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Pieces from the P-47 wreckage and bullets which were recovered. (Credits: Uwe Benkel)

P-47 Thunderbolt of the Free French Air Force to be recovered

On February, 14 1945 two U.S. P-47 „Thunderbolt“ aircraft from the Groupe de Chasse I/4 “Navarre”, an unit equipped with French pilots of the Free French Air Force (FFAF), took off from their airbase Dole-Tavaux. One of the pilots was 24-year old Capitaine Antoine Allard, born 1920 in Paris. The two aircraft were flying into Germany for a mission in the …

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Former World War II Pilot reunited with P-47

92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., February 28. After being wheeled out to the flight line, Hertel was greeted by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, Charles Hainline …

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