delivery of P-47D-16-RE ???

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  1. le_steph40

    le_steph40 Well-Known Member

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    Hello,
    I didn't succeed in my researches :|
    I would like to know if it's possible to see a P-47D-16-RE in 348th FG during October/November 1943 ?
    TIA :)
    Steph
     
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    Not likely. IIRC the first production -16-RE did not roll off the Production line until December/Jan 1944. The first loss record Baugher has for a -16 is February 1944.

    1942 USAAF Serial Numbers (42-70686 to 42-91373

    This is a worthwhile site but not the definitive answer. If you have the serial number the record files are found at USAFHRC
     
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    le_steph40 Well-Known Member

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    I think it's too early for a -16...
    The serial is 42-75908 apparently flown by N. E. Kearby late in 1943 (Nov./Dec.)
     
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    Any specialist in videos to try to see the SN of this P-47D (at 4:21 and 7:33) with, apparently 15 victories flags ?

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQUIWq56iKI
    I know it's not 42-8145 (lost 10/22/43) because the name on the nose of 42-8145 is "Firey Ginger" not Fiery Ginger and the white paint on the tail is not the same... It's not 42-22668 (Fiery Ginger IV), the "IV" is missing and the victories are not in the same place (under the cockpit on 42-22668)...
    May be 42-75908 (Fiery Ginger III, some source say she was a D-2) ? But It's difficult to see cowl flap modification but for me, probably not...
    Any help in my investigations ?;)
     
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    42-8145 is a -2-RE, 42-75908 is near the D-11RE and -15RE (IIRC), and 22668 is at end of D-2-RA to -4-RA

    have to look up
     
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