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My City had a Warplane in WWII

Article about: I found this in my Father's WWII stuff. It is about a Warplane named for my home town of Ironwood, Michigan. People sure went above and beyond to support the cause back then. From a 1940's D

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    Default My City had a Warplane in WWII

    I found this in my Father's WWII stuff.
    It is about a Warplane named for my home town of Ironwood, Michigan.
    People sure went above and beyond to support the cause back then.

    From a 1940's Daily Globe: the caption says:
    Ironwood's Own Warplane - The Army pursuit plane, "The City of Ironwood, Mich." was purchased in the "buy a warplane" campaign conducted here several months ago, in which residents bought $95,000 worth of war bonds in excess of their regular monthly quota. This picture, an official Army photograph, was received today by J. Vector Jacobson, executive chairman of the local war savings committee, from Frank Isbey of Detroit, state chairman. Mr Isbey again congratulated Ironwood citizens on their response in the special drive.

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    Your warplane is a Republic P-47B/C Thunderbolt. The heaviest single seat fighter of WW2.
    The practice of a Town or Organisation funding aircraft was common in WW2.This occurred in most countries that produced airframes.

    Cheers for posting
    Dave

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    After some digging and help from another forum I found this.

    It shows what happened to that aircraft

    ASN Aircraft accident 25-AUG-1944 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 42-8336
    Date: 25-AUG-1944
    Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
    Operator: United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
    Registration: 42-8336
    C/n / msn:
    Fatalities: Fatalities: / Occupants:
    Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
    Location: 3 mi N of Bradley Field, Suffield, CT - United States of America
    Phase:
    Nature: Military
    Departure airport:
    Destination airport:
    Narrative:
    Belly landing.
    So it looks like it never left the states and died from a belly landing...sad

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    Very cool! My city had the Gypsie from Poughkeepsie!... I believe it was a B17, but I'd love additional info on it!!

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