Guestbook Entries have been restored (msg id: 2002)
I am happy to report that all guestbook entries since the P47Pilots.com website was launched in June 1998 have been restored here. Enjoy browsing back in our guestbook time capsule, and please continue posting your comments and become part of history!
Posted By: William Frederico, P47Pilots.com
on 04/30/2006 10:17:16 PM EST
We're Still Here! (msg id: 2001)
P47Pilots.com is still alive and kicking! Sorry for the downtime -- while in the process of moving over the website to a new server and updating the underlying technologies, our old hosting provider mistakingly dropped service! It came at the worst possible moment in the process so unfortunately the site had to come down for a while. Over the next few weeks, all of the information from the old site will be converted and brought to the new format. In addition, we have some great things planned for P47Pilots.com so stayed tuned. Also, thanks to everyone who sent me an email asking about the site -- it's great to see that the site is important to so many people! Hang in there with me and we'll be back in business in no time!
Posted By: William Frederico
on 04/18/2006 11:05:33 PM EST
Good to see that the site is still alive (msg id: 2000)
It is really nice to see that the P-47 Pilots site is being kept up. I always enjoyed visiting the old site. I am a long-time Jug fan and was able to attend 3 P-47 Pilots reunions as the guest of 57th FG, 64th FS pilot Paul Carll - a true gentleman.
Posted By: unknown
on 04/18/2006 10:29:16 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1822)
I am interested in information regarding close air support provided by the 513th Fighter Squadron to the 2nd French Armored Division in September 1944. A French student is trying to gather information to describe how air support saved that tank division from disaster as it faced superior German armor in Eastern France.
Posted By: Lt Col Jacques Adnet
on 02/23/2006 2:29:30 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1821)
I am the historian of the 368th FG "Nulli Secundus-Seconf to None." Comprised of the 395th "Panzer Dusters," 396th "Thunder Bums," and 397th "Jabo Angels," they led all Ninth AF P-47 groups in air victories and operated in combat for 14 mo. and six battle campaigns in Europe, including the occupation. My detailed history of the group will be available July 2006. My dad flew 92 missions and would be pleased with this site.
Posted By: Tim Grace
on 02/22/2006 7:01:27 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1820)
Have been looking for info for 20 years. NEED HELP.
Estes Park, Colorado purchased a P-47 in a 1943 War Bond Drive - named it ESTES PARK AVENGER. It was reported seen at Burtonwood 1st BAD around Oct. 1943. This is all the info I have. Do not know serial no. nor which FG it was sent. Do any of you know anything about it ?
Posted By: Duke Sumonia
on 02/17/2006 10:33:34 AM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1819)
Nice site. My father was a mechanic on P47 in the U.S. and Europe starting in England in 1942 then in the Netherlands or Belgium. He was in the Thirty sixth fighter group from the start of the war till the end of the war he went back in for the Korean war and stayed till he retired in 1963. I took him to his last fighter group reunion in 1992. One of the pilots told me that dad developed a modification on the hydraulic system so that if pressure on the system was lost instead of going to nutral pitch as it was designed it would go to full pitch so they could get more distance before bailing out they said it was adopted air force wide. My fathers name was K.O. Myer if any one might have known him I would like to here about him. Thank you Bernard Myer
Posted By: Bernard Myer
on 02/09/2006 8:43:01 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1818)
Nice site here.
My Dad, Carey James Land, flew the P-47D and N. I don't know what organization he was with, but they trained up on the east coast, at Dover, Delaware, I think, and were on the west coast awaiting shipping to Ie Shima when the war ended. They were to fly the N models.
Dad went on to a career in the USAF, flying B-26's in Korea, was the Commander of the 87th FIS (F-101B) in the mid 60's, and retired after service in Viet-Nam.
Dad passed away last year. He is survived by his third wife and us three kids. Dad and I talked often and at length about his flying days, and I assure all here that the Jug was the plane he loved best. Nothing, in his book, took the place of those extra .50's, R2800, and a plane that would get you home.
Best to all you heroes.
Posted By: Richard E. Land
on 02/05/2006 5:12:58 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1817)
(Courtesy of Harold Johnson)
The Walnut Ridge Army Air Field (AAFBFS) Reunion will be held the week-end of April 8, 2006. BT-13 rides will be available again this year. The Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum's new building will be open for inspection, although it will not be completely finished.
All WWII pilots and personnel welcome. Would especially like to hear from anyone who received Basic at Walnut Ridge.
For information, contact Harold Johnson at 800-584-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted By: William Frederico
on 02/03/2006 10:46:16 AM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1816)
Great great great site.ther's nothing else I can say. I'm only sorry not to be able to know someone of these great pilots who so young fighted for my freedom all around the world.
Posted By: Alfonso Quaglia
on 02/01/2006 4:38:08 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1815)
What a great web sight. I am sorry to hear you will have no more reunions. Here's to all of the "JUG" pilots. You guys were and are still great. Thanks for all you did.
Posted By: Ron Painter
on 01/31/2006 2:45:46 AM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1814)
My dad flew p-47s in italy corcica and sardinia. His plane was called Fagans Old Shilaly. He was shoot down twice.He passed away shortly after the reunion at republic.I would love to talk to someone who knew Him.I believe he flew with the devil hawksthank you Peter Fagan
Posted By: Peter Fagan
on 01/29/2006 4:20:28 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1813)
I was disappointed to hear that you are not going to have any more reunions. I hope you don't plan on disbanding the association.
I was privilaged to help you with the reunion you had in CT a couple of years before and was able to play the music you listened and danced to when you were flying the jugs.
You have always been true hero's to me. God Bless you!
Posted By: AL VEE
on 01/25/2006 12:28:46 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1812)
My father (Guy W. Foster) was killed in a P47D mishap in Wilmington, NC Bluethenal Field 2 Jul 1944. If any of your members can recall him or the events surround the mishap, please have them contact me. Thank you for any assistance in advance.
Col USMC (Ret)
Posted By: Bill McMillin, Col USMC (Ret)
on 01/13/2006 3:18:44 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1811)
hello i am doing a report on the "jug" and would like to know the specs like size bomb load how much .50 cal amunition it could hold e.t.c also if any one can tell me if the t-bolt had 8 or 6 .5 browning Mgs and how it would attack 109s and 190s this info would be very much apreated Jerry Age 13 PS i'am a WWII aveation buff
Posted By: jerry campos
on 01/09/2006 7:08:21 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1810)
We were deeply saddened to learn of your disbandment.
You have a great site....keep it going.
Posted By: Ray Gould
on 01/07/2006 2:40:42 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1809)
After a long absence I am back with e-mail. I'd like to extend a hearty Happy New Year to all the new friends I made over the past year. It was not such a good year in general but was mighty good to me. I'd be glad to hear from anyone, especially Jug Jocks and other fighter types though six years in the BUF brought in some B-52 types, too. All are welcome. There's no talk better than combat flying talk.
We're all way up there in years now so guard what health you have left with all your might. Sincerely, Frank Lewis, combat tours in P-47, P-51, F-84.
Posted By: Frank Lewis
on 01/03/2006 1:03:11 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1808)
Bonjour, Writing a book concerning the aiwar over the city of Chateauroux (central France) - bombings, strafings, crashed aircrafts, escaped pilots - I am searching any veterans, or relatives, researchers, enthusiasts about Amercican air forces mission on Blois-Chateauroux-Bourges areas in 1943-1944. I am working with FFI fighters units, archives centers and can exchange informations with every person interested with this subject. Any sources will be mentioned.
My address :
Mr Philippe Canonne / 1,rue Balzac / 37.700 Ville - Dames / France / email@example.com
Posted By: Philippe Canonne
on 12/30/2005 10:59:05 AM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1807)
John Gibel is a client of mine. Im his caregiver and he tells me stories of his service in WWII and Korea. He flew a P-47 until his service ended. Im very impressed with what he had to endore.
Posted By: Vera Clark
on 12/29/2005 1:14:03 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1806)
I'm trying to find anyone who flew with or knew my uncle, John "JD" Davis Motsenbocker. Uncle JD was shot down in May '44. Unfortunately, JD passed away many years ago, but I'm gathering information for my father and for the family.
Posted By: Alan Motsenbocker
on 12/22/2005 12:47:54 AM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1805)
I am doing a report on D-Day and my father was one of the pilots who flew a P-47. He was with the 406th Fighter Group within the 303rd Fighter Wing. If anyone could provide me with possibly a bit of details of being the first group in that night of June 6th. Would you please let me know. My father was LT. COl. Robert Rieschl.
Posted By: Cathy Rieschl
on 12/18/2005 1:46:11 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1804)
Steve-----"Thoroughbred" was WZ--E 42-26590 of the 84th FS / 78th FG at Duxford UK. The pilot was 2/Lt. Lawton.E. Clark ; he was killed in it Sept. 10 1944 when he flew into the target when strafing a marshalling yard at Heilbronn, Germany. It was thought that he had a depth perception problem as he had already flown into a couple of trees which he had marked on the plane with his missions. 226590 was delivered in natural metal finish and had dark green top surfaces added with a sky colour below (probably RAF colours). Hope this is of help Nick
Posted By: Nick King
on 12/17/2005 2:18:50 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1803)
405th Fighter Squadron of the 371st Fighter Group. I’m trying to find anyone who was with, or their relatives who were with this Squadron and Group during WWII. My father was Second Lieutenant Arden Williams from Santa Monica, CA who’s now deceased. Although I have countless documents, photos, etc., I’d love to obtain any additional information available to pass along to my son with his belongings.
Posted By: Jay'ne Williams-Meyer
on 12/17/2005 12:10:30 AM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1802)
I want to thank all american soldiers for what they did for europe - great courage! I was born in 1952 - but i think we owe(is that the right word?)the american soldiers a lot. I often think about the famillies to the fallen soldiers. I was looking for Thunderbolt - and find this side. I wish the best for you *s* Regarding Gert Dam
Posted By: Gert Dam
on 12/12/2005 4:27:47 PM EST
Guestbook Entry (msg id: 1801)
My dad and I build scale airplanes. Dad has a replica pilots jacket with a P-47D from the 8th AF, we think 78th Fighter Group, plane #226590 with the name Thourobred on it. We'd like to know more about the pilot, like his name.
Posted By: Steve Shedroff
on 12/10/2005 12:36:23 PM EST