Thunderbolts – The Conquest Of The Reich

There have been many documentary programs covering the design, development and employment of the P-47 Thunderbolt.  Some are better than others, but most all usually have something interesting or insightful to offer.

In the case of this particular video found on YouTube, it has color footage of the P-47 in the European Theater of Operation.   Video clips between 9:17 and 9:49 appear to be those of P-47s of the 371st Fighter Group, as evidenced at the start with a red-nosed ship with squadron code 9Q indicating the 404th Fighter Squadron of the group.  Formation footage may have been taken during the group’s first assignment in Germany at Frankfurt/Eschborn (Y-74) circa April, 1945.

In any event, this 45-minute video gives a useful representation of P-47 operations in the ETO along with the damage inflicted and cost sustained in the ferocious a-r-ground fighting that took place 1944-1945 across Northwestern Europe.  You can view it at:

 

 

 

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