P-47D | Razorback
This P-47D Razorback is one of two warbirds currently under restoration by AirCorps Aviation for the Texas Flying Legends Museum. AirCorps has been generous enough to provide the following images and research.
Currently not much is known about P-47D-23-RA serial number 42-27609. It flew in the Southwest Pacific and in 1944 was abandoned at Dobodura Airfield in Papa New Guinea. Some time later it was sitting in front of a house at Popondetta in Oro Province, northern Papa New Guinea. It is believed right now to be from the 5th Air Force either the 348th Fighter Group or 58th Fighter Group. One fighter squadron of the 348th FG that has been eliminated is the 342nd Fighter Squadron. The 35th Fighter Group remains a slim possibility.
Work began in 2015 on the restoration of this P-47. Tear down, part inventory and part replacement are all part of the process of bringing this bird back to life. At the beginning of this year work has begun to really move forward as assemblies are repaired and others replaced. CAD drawings are still being worked on for the fuselage and wing assemblies, while other drawings have been completed and work on production has begun.
As the restoration goes on more information and images will be put up here on the museum’s site. Be sure to go to the AirCorps Aviation project page on the P-47D Razorback to see what’s already happened in the restoration of this great piece of history.