Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Alexander Kartveli, Designer
The Thunderbolt was the largest, heaviest, single-seat fighter built during World War II: a rugged, dependable,and heavily armed fighting machine, whose accomplishments advanced the ultimate victory of the allies.
Wing Span: 40 ft. 9 in.
Length: 36 ft. 2 in.
Gross Weight: 13,500 pounds
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R2800 Air Cooled Radial Engine, 18 Cylinders, Rated at Over 2000 Horsepower, Using Curtiss Electric or Hamilton Standard Propellers, and Equipped with General Electric Turbo Supercharger
Armament: Eight.50 Caliber Browning Machine Guns and Carried Over 2000 Pounds of Ordnance
Mission: High Altitude Escort and Low-Level Ground Support
First Flight: 6 May 1941
Total Built: 15,683
Built By: Republic Aviation Corporation
World War II Combat Record
Destroyed: 1,874 Enemy Aircraft
160,000 Military Vehicles
Bombs Dropped: 113,963 Tons
Sorties Flown: 546,000
Combat Hours: 1,352,810
The P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association, Ltd
Dedicated 24 May 1986
To All Those Who Built the Thunderbolt and to the Manufacturers and Suppliers Our Deepest Gratitude.
Your Untiring Efforts and Selfless Devotion Are Legend.
You Gave All You Had to Keep the Thunderbolts Flying, Mission After Mission.
You Repaired Our Battle-Damaged "Jugs" With Skill and Ingenuity and Maintained Them in Fighting Condition Around the Clock Around the World.
You Waited in Silence While We Were On Missions
You Shared Our Victories
You Cheered When We Returned, and Wept When We Did Not
We Will Never Forget
Erected 1986 by P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association, Ltd.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #40 Ronald Reagan series list.
Location. 39° 46.794′ N, 84° 6.732′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Memorial is at the intersection of Springfield Street and Bong Street, on the right when traveling east on Springfield Street. Located in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Purple Heart Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 352nd Fighter Group (a few steps from this marker); Pilot Training Class "52 Charlie" (a few steps from this marker); 364th Fighter Group (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Air Depot Group (within shouting distance of this marker); 58th Bomb Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th Bomb Squadron (within shouting distance of this marker); 7th Combat Cargo Squadron (within shouting distance of this marker).
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.