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Check stands are set up around the engine of a P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter Plane in WWII.

from the WWII 34th fighter Squadron Yearbook.

Check stands are set up around the engine of a P-47 Thunderbolt.

The P-47 thunderbolt was a large, complex, airplane and required a crew of men to work on the electronics, engine and airframe.  Work needed to go on around the clock to keep these aircraft ready and airborne.  Just normal maintenance was a chore but these planes had the added burden of bullet holes and damaged fuel lines an hydraulic lines and just about anything you could think of.  Maintenance on a P-47 Thunderbolt was a big job.
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A P47 Thunderbolt WWII Prop Fighter sits on Wing Stands on the island of Ie Shima
Scanned by C. Jeff Dyrek


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A big part of the war was maintenance.  Engines had to be replaced and rebuilt.
I've seen pictures of engines in huge piles after they have been burned up.
After I asked him if he has ever lost an engine, a B-29 pilot friend of mine stated
that he lost an engine on every mission.  The P-47 Thunderbolt had a radial
engine very similar to the B-29..





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