P-47D, Lt. Col Francis "Gabby" Gabreski, 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 1944 Decorative Vinyl Decal
P-47D Thunderbolt Flown by Lt. Col Francis "Gabby" Gabreski, 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, RAF Boxted, June 1944
Gabreski was the top American and U.S. Army Air Forces fighter ace over Europe in World War II and a jet fighter ace with the Air Force in the Korean War. Although best known for his credited destruction of 34½ aircraft in aerial combat and being one of only seven U.S. combat pilots to become an ace in two wars. Mr. Gabreski downed 28 Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs over France and Germany between Aug. 24, 1943, and July 5, 1944, and destroyed three more German aircraft on the ground. He was captured in late July 1944 after crash-landing near Koblenz, Germany, on what was to have been his last mission, and he spent 10 months as a prisoner of war. Gabreski was also one of the Air Force's most accomplished leaders. In addition to commanding two fighter squadrons, he had six command tours at group or wing level, including one in combat in Korea, totaling over 11 years of command and 15 overall in operational fighter assignments.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt that a real workhorse of the Allied victory during WWII. Nicknamed the “Jug” (short for “Juggernaut”) by adoring pilots, the P-47 was a heavyweight warbird — and one that packed a devastating punch. More than 15,600 Thunderbolts were manufactured between 1941 and 1945 and they served in every theatre of the war performing a variety of missions from bomber escort to close air support.
The P-47 was a big plane. It was three feet wider than the P-51 Mustang and four feet longer. And at more than 10,000 pounds empty, it was about 50 percent heavier than the Mustang and nearly twice the weight of of the British Spitfire. In fact, along with the three-seat Grumman Avenger, the P-47 was among the heaviest single-engine aircraft of World War Two. Despite its considerable mass, the P-47’s 18-cylinder, 2,600-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine (the same power plant used by the Vought Corsair and Grumman Hellcat) enabled the unwieldy Jug to keep pace with the Mustang. Both had a top speed of around 440 mph (700 km/h). And while the P-47 could reach altitudes in excess of 40,000 feet (12,000 meters), its range of just over 800 miles (1,300 km) gave it half the legs of the P-51.
Spruce up your room, man-cave, garage or toolbox with this vinyl decal paying tribute to the famed P-47 Thunderbolt and a top ace! Comes with smaller vinyl decals that can be applied anywhere, an application tool, and instructions.
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Available in two material options!
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Variety of sizes - small, medium or large.
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Produced in the U.S.A. - Thoughtfully crafted by skilled AirCorps team members in Bemidji, MN.