View Full Version : Long Range P47 in the Pacific??

11-08-2009, 09:21 AM
Can someone tell me which P47 groups operated from Iwo and Okinawa, when they started their operations nad which tipe of missions they did please?

11-08-2009, 11:29 AM
taken from : http://www.historyofwar.org/ar...ns_P-47_pacific.html (http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_P-47_pacific.html)

In mid-1944 the Seventh Air Force finally received the Thunderbolt and the Mustang. This was just in time for them to take part in the invasion of Saipan, flying onto the island in June 1944. On Saipan the P-47 saw action in the ground attack role.

The capture of Iwo Jima and then Okinawa finally allowed the Seventhís Thunderbolts to see air to air combat. The two islands were used as bases during the increasingly heavy strategic bombing campaign over Japan. Both Thunderbolt and Mustang units saw service in the high altitude bomber escort role at which the Thunderbolt excelled. The same period saw the arrival of the long range P-47N, which had a range of close to 2,000 miles with drop tanks.

In terms of victories gained, the Thunderboltís best moment in the Central Pacific came in late May 1945. Kamikaze attacks were threatening Allied shipping around Okinawa, and so the 318th Fighter Group was allowed to fly fighter sweeps over southern Japan, with the aim of intercepting potential Kamikaze aircraft far from their targets. In two sweeps, on 25 and 28 May, the Thunderbolts claimed nearly forty victories.

Also the P-47 was escorting bombers from Morotai to Balikapapan on their way to bombing oil fields in Borneo, later 43 and into early 1944.
These P-47 featured modified wing tanks to carry 465 gallons in external stores. One 300 gallon tank, and a 165 gallon tank.