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Photo of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Plane on wing stands in WW2.

P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter Plane in WW2
P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter Planes
from the 34th fighter Squadron Yearbook.
A photo of a WW2 P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane on wing stands on the Island of Iejima.

This is usually for working on the aircrafts landing gear.  Once the plane is on the wing stands the gear can be fully tested.  They can be raised or lowered or completely removed.  When you look at most airplanes, you will see a jacking point or  what they call a hardened point where the wing stands can be attached without damaging the wing.

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Photo of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Plane on Wing Stands in WW2 Iejima.
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There was a message asking if anything was known about any of the gentlemen on the 34th Fighter Squadron. I've seen these pictures a hundred times. My Grandfather use to show them to me and tell me a ton of stories. One in particular, is when his "Bat out of Hell" crew (Sorry, not really familiar with all of the terms) would earn cases of beer for having the cleanest barracks. He had two yearbooks. This being one of them.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you he passed away exactly one year ago, today. (1/18/05) I was just thinking about him and decided to see if there was anything online about him. Much to my surprise and enjoyment, I found your site. It's brought back some memories of sitting next to him and listening to his jokes and war stories. One of my favorite jokes, well, first of all, he got married exactly one week after he returned from the war.. so the joke that he would always say was: "I came back from the war only to start another one." They had a VERY happy life together. If I could be anyone one in the world, it would be him. He was very brave, a hard worker for his family, thrifty, loving, always had time for people and always had such a good sense of humor. He retired from Black and Decker in Baltimore, I think in the late seventies, and was a full time grandfather of three grand kids, my sister and brother.
His wife, my grandmother, Gladys Spink, resides now in Shrewsbury, PA. Same town as her son and my mother. She's doing very well.
Well, sorry for the long message. Thank you for having some of these photos .

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