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Republic P-47 Thunderbolt - USA
P-47D-25-RE "Hairless Joe"
Serial: LM-S (42-26641) Unit: 62nd FS, 56th FG, 8th AF, USAAF Pilot - CO of 56th FG, David Schilling.
Colonel David C.Schilling flew this P-47D-25-RE (42-76451 [according to serial this is P-47D-20-RE]) to the 8th Air Force Fighter Group Commanders' Meeting in August of 1944. Schilling was Commander of the 56th FG at this time. The 'bubble top' Thunderbolts offered excellent vision during combat. All Schilling's Thunderbolts carried illustrations of 'Hairless Joe', a character from AI Capp's Dogpatch cartoon strip. This fighter displayed 14 'kill' marks under the cockpit of his total of 22.5 victories Schilling's 'Jug' was camouflaged in a shadow-shade scheme used by the USAAF in England. The colors were 42 Medium Green (FS34092) and Ocean Grey (FS36152) upper surfaces over Medium Sea Grey (FS36270) under surfaces. The nose was red and the tail was yellow.