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Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

What victory markings on Thunderbolt mean

  • The victory markings signify planes that were destroyed, either in the air on on the ground.

    Cory Graff

    The victory markings signify planes that were destroyed, either in the air on on the ground.

The FHC’s Republic P-47 Thunderbolt has two types of victory markings on its side. For some of the “ground-pounding” units in the 9th Air Force, destroying enemy aircraft on the ground was nearly as important as getting them in the air. The elimination of a German aircraft meant it was gone—never to take on another Allied bomber or shoot up a friendly platoon of troops as they swept across Western Europe. The full Reich flags on the side of Ralph Jenkins’ P-47 signified enemy planes shot down in the air. The swastikas are for German aircraft caught and destroyed on the ground.

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