Hey, the buzz number for the Thunderbolt was either PE-### (prior to June 1948) or FE-### (after June 1948). The fact that the "buzz number" format is so non-standard (FC## or FCZ#) means that it really could be anytime. Also, notice the lack of red in the bars. That also suggests pre-USAF transition. Finally, that first P-47D in the background was one of 180 P-47s that went to Turkey in April/May of 1948. In fact, the pictures I've seen of them after being repainted in Turkish markings show some aircraft with cowls painted very much like that. This may be a shot of the aircraft being inspected immediately prior to or after delivery to Turkey, which would make it VERY interesting! The background there certainly looks like Turkey.http://www.tayyareci.com/digerucaklar/turkiye/1923ve50/p47thunderbolt.aspBy the way, P-47s were never sent to Korea.Hope that helps!Logan
Thank you for posting these vintage aircraft photos and stories. I really enjoy them and learn something every time.
These are P-47D's of the 27th FG 523rd FS at Fritzlar Air Base, Germany, during Summer 1946 - the "F" denotes the Base Fritzlar, the "C" the 3rd Squadron of the 27th FG (A= HQ-Flight, B = 522nd FS, C = 523rd FS, D = 524th FS) and "24" denotes the 24th a/c in the Squadron - this code-System was short-lived in the 1946-1947 Occupation period in Germany - it replaced the WW2-unit-codes, and in 1948 was replaced by the mentioned 'buzz-numbers', initially PE-, later FE- für the P/F-47's - HTH, Martin
Thank you very much, Martin! Very good and interesting information! Alan