View Full Version : P-47Ns at Okinawa!

12-24-2004, 03:35 PM

12-24-2004, 03:41 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VBF-83_Hawk:
http://home.earthlink.net/~atdouble/~318thFighterGroup.IeShima.html <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Welcome.

12-24-2004, 04:01 PM
Thanks for the link, I think that alot of people just look at how many months these aircraft were in the war. But by the accounts of those at Okinawa, there was very heavy fighting, and a lot of sorties flown during the few months that there was fighting. There were even attacks on destroyers and other naval vessels during this time.

Marine Air Group 21 and Marine Air Group 31 according to Barrett Tillman were issued F4U-4's during this time as well at Okinawa.

I would like to see both aircraft in PF eventually to fully fight histroical matchups around Okinawa.

12-24-2004, 04:07 PM
VMF-312 flew some -4s from Kadena Airstrip.

What many do not understand is by the time April 1st rolled around, 95% of IJ air attacks were flown from Kyushu, Japan area bases...not Okinawa. That is 300 miles north of Okinawa for those that dont know.

Cant remember exactly but Yontan field and Kadena were mostly used my Marine air groups. Task Force 58 mostly remained 60 to 150 miles east of Okinawa protecting the areas north and east as well as making continuos attacks on Kyushu airfields and aircraft factories(Ki-84). B-29s also flew in from over china sea to bomb Kyushu targets. This is actually why the P-47 crews were a bit peeved. If the B-29s couldnt do the job.....they knew they couldnt!!!

anyway,...Im rambling again

12-24-2004, 06:46 PM
This quote is awesome!

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Major Paul Fotjik described take off this way: "You put the tail wheel at the end of the runway, applied full throttle, full turbo, and the water injection (a "no no" on the ground). As the tail came up, we released the brakes. Sometimes we had to pop the flaps at the far end of the runway to get off. Fortunately, after clearing an embankment, we had a 400 foot drop-off to the ocean going north. We left many a wake in the water". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That big P&W is pulling the tail up on a loaded P-47N. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

12-24-2004, 07:45 PM
Hey Hawk, thanks for that info. I knew they flew from land bases, but I forgot the name was Kadena. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The link is an interesting read, some great 1st hand accounts there, and gives an idea of the fighting in and around Okinawa. Impressive power the P-47N had. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif