Fighters all over England, even from the strategic Eighth Air Force were prepared to do close support work for the period just before, during and after D-Day.
Join me for a look at one such escort fighter all dressed up for earth moving.
The P-47 Thunderbolt was first designed as a high altitude interceptor. The apparent bulk is a combination of a huge R-2800 radial engine and a sophisticated high altitude supercharger in the lower fuselage. That combined with a good overall design meant the Thunderbolt was fast and powerful, and especially capable at altitude.
Early versions were less capable at low altitude, but a new “paddle blade” propeller and water injection (to improve engine cooling) corrected much of this deficiency and later model Thunderbolts would be even better known for their close support work. So after D-Day the type would be best known as a terror to German ground forces.
But the well known 56th Fighter Group only did close support missions as part-time work. This example is the Tamiya kit with Aeromaster decals. This plane was delivered in natural metal, but it had a British style disruptive scheme applied during the run up to D-Day. The black and white invasion stripes where meant as a visual aid, mainly to anti-aircraft gunners to reduce friendly fire accidents. Two weeks after the invasion they were ordered removed from upper surfaces, and result we see here is just Olive Drab painted over the upper stripes. This plane’s name “Stalag Luft III, I wanted wings…” is odd, and fortunately the pilot, Lt Albert Knafelz never experienced the suggested outcome.
I hope you won’t mind the reblog…
Reblogged this on My Forgotten Hobby and commented:
That’s always awesome Pierre, thanks again!
A fabulous model there and an awesome aircraft.
Thank you much! It does help to start with an awesome aircraft.
Terrific build Dave. That scheme is truly outstanding, you have really captured the true essence of the iconic ‘Jug’. All I can say is ‘Wow!’. Great work.
Would that be the milk jug or the juggernaut?
Definitely the former Dave!
Proof you’re a Brit!
A beautiful job!! Well done!!
Thank you much!
Haha! A burden that I must bear Dave!
so did you do the camo pattern on the wing first, then black & white invasion stripes, then the OD over top?
It’s been a while! If I were to do it now, I would do exactly as you suggest. Layer things up just like the real bird.
But looking at these pictures, I’m not sure I actually did the stripes on the top surface. The OD looks too tidy, and I see no trace of the stripes underneath.
Thanks! I’m an irredeemable jughead, and have been building up to a Gabreski scheme. I think I have a set of Kits World decals for Stalg Luft III in addition to the Gabreski set somewhere. It seems like an intimidating pattern. Kind of a PITA, TBH.
Yes it is! I used a lot of Blu-Tac on this. I think this is one of the more complicated schemes I’ve done that actually came out okay.
I also plan on doing Gabreski’s last T-Bolt. I seem to recall him saying his camo was applied “Luftwaffe style”, I’ll have to do some more research when the time comes to figure out what exactly that means!
I may do one of his earlier planes too, that should be easier.