P-47D Thunderbolt machine Guns
Pilots who flew the Jug loved it because it was faster, more lethal, safer and more reliable than any other attack fighter including the P-51 Mustang. The air-cooled radial engine could take hits and keep running even with dead cylinders. During WWII, Thunderbolt’s knocked 3,752 enemy aircraft out of the air while destroying another 2,800+ on the ground. This aircraft was capable of taking direct enemy hits and still flying. The heavily armored plane flew 746,000 sorties of all types and sustained 824 combat losses, only .07% of the Jugs didn’t return from a combat mission, the lowest total of any Allied fighter.
Do a search on the web to learn more about this wonderful aircraft or better yet, go to the Chino, CA area and see one in person. There is also a nice P-47 with the “turtle-deck” on display at the Wright Patterson Air Museum in Dayton OH. For more info about this fighter-bomber brute, take a look at this video which honors the men who defended our country in this aircraft.