I agree that the P47 groups were going through a learning experience. My point is that while the P47s were making 91.8% of the USAAF claims in the ETO that wasn't where most of the damage to the Luftwaffe was being done. The centers of gravity for the Luftwaffe in 1943 were the Mediterranean and the Russian front. The claim however is often made that the P-47s took out the Experten leaving a cake walk for the P-51. That is what I have an issue with. All sorts of aircraft from the Soviets and British and yes even the French as well as the Americans wore down the Luftwaffe over a long period of time.So, I wouldn't be too hard on the early P-47s that went over there. Saying they did almost nothing through 1943, when they actually contributed 414 of 451 claims is a bit disingenuous. It actually means that the P-47 contributed 91.8% of the claims. Does that mean all the other fighters were dogs and not worthy of mention? I don't think so. It rather means we were getting our collective feet wet in actual combat and it took some time to develop the skills and tactics to be successful at it. If I recall, the the Brits went into the war flying the Vic combat formation and it took some time for them to convert to the finger four formation with wingmen for each element leader. They learned that from the Germans, who developed it in Spain, unless I misremember.
Its statements like this one from Icorps1970 that I have an issue with
"Robert S Johnson in an interview and Greg both point out that the P-47 had decimated the highly experienced Luftwaffe pilots by the time the P-51 arrived on scene in significant numbers."
The P-47 did not decimate the highly experienced Luftwaffe pilots.