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Captain Sylvester V. Burke of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group with Philip Tukey's assigned Thunderbolt, P-47C serial 41-6375 (coded UN-T). Passed for publication 29 May 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'A Match For The Nazi - F.W. 190 - The 'Thunderbolt' New American High-Altitude Fighter. EH/MoN. The latest American single-seater fighter, the Republic P-47, known as the "Thunderbolt" has been in operation from British bases for some time. The largest and heaviest single-seater fighter in the world, pilots give favourable reports of high diving speed and effective aileron control. Designed as a high-altitude fighter - around 40,000 ft. - the 'Thunderbolt's' top speed rated in excess of 400 m.p.h., at altitude, is derived from a Pratt and Whitney Radial engine of 2,000 h.o. fitted with Turbo-Supercharger. The armament consists of eight 1/2 in. calibre machine-guns, these give a total rate of fire of 6,400 rounds a minute. In a series of operations they have shot down several of the German crack F.W.190's. Photo Shows:- Capt. S.W. Burke (Dumont, Minnesota). Fox, May '43.' On reverse: Fox Photos, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Captain S.W. Burke of the 56th Fighter Group with his P-47 Thunderbolt. Passed for publication 29 May 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'A Match For The Nazi - F.W. 190 - The "Thunderbolt" New American High-Altitude Fighter. EH/MoN. The latest American single-seater fighter, the Republic P-47, known as the "Thunderbolt" has been in operation from British bases for some time. The largest and heaviest single-seater fighter in the world, pilots give favourable reports of high diving speed and effective aileron control. Designed as a high-altitude fighter - around 40,000 ft. - the 'Thunderbolt's' top speed rated in excess of 400 m.p.h., at altitude, is derived from a Pratt and Whitney Radial engine of 2,000 h.o. fitted with Turbo-Supercharger. The armament consists of eight 1/2 in. calibre machine-guns, these give a total rate of fire of 6,400 rounds a minute. In a series of operations they have shot down several of the German crack F.W.190's. Photo Shows:- Capt. S.W. Burke (Dumont, Minnesota). Fox, May '43.' On reverse: Fox Photos, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron

People

  • Sylvester Burke

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. Squadron commander 63FS. Transferred to HQ Sqn, VIII fighter command. Awards: DFC(3OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF rising to Lt Colonel.

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Date Contributor Update
07 August 2017 11:08:55 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and person associations
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Roger Freeman photo description.

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15 July 2016 11:13:29 Ben1705 Changes to caption
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correction to caption

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25 June 2016 03:05:53 Gerry Asher Changes to caption
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www.littlefriends.co.uk

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02 February 2015 09:59:56 AAM AAM ingest
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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