A big, bare-knuckle brawler of a fighter, the P-47 combined rugged durability with devastating firepower. Built to be the ultimate high altitude fighter of the war, the Thunderbolt helped drive the Luftwaffe from the skies of Europe. The P-47 also proved to be a lethal fighter-bomber, destroying tens of thousands of trucks, tanks and trains.


The Thunderbolt was employed primarily as a long-range bomber escort over Germany and enemy-occupied territory. It also served as a dive-bomber and ground-attack fighter and it became a foremost factor in the ground operations. It was also in the Pacific theatre of operations both as a high-altitude bomber escort and as a low-altitude ground-attack fighter.

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