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P 47N-1-RE Thunderbolt "Sack Happy"

June 27 2012 at 1:28 AM
  (Login Silurante)
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He everyone,
just wondering if anyone can tell me if "Sack Happy" had two small aerial masts on either side of the fin fillet. It seems that some Thunderbolts did and others didn't. I couldn't find a picture showing this on the internet. The only clue I found was a Zotz's decal review which has them with the masts. If anyone can help to what is correct would be much appreciated,
cheers
Riccardo

 
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Uncle Dog...[edit]

June 27 2012, 8:53 AM 

Those are the Uncle Dog antenna, and they don't appear on other Bolts from the 318th FG*. Dont quote me on this, but I think they were unique to the groups flying out of Iwo Jima.

BTW, there's a really good photostream on Flickr, search for member named "SaipanTBolt", you'll find loads of pics from from the 318thFG 73rd FS, including a couple of Sack Happy's noseart.

* edit - until they moved operations to Ie Shima late in the war.  Even then, it appears that most didn't. 


 
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Jun Oizumi
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AN/ARA-8 Homing adapter

June 27 2012, 1:10 PM 

Those are antennas for the AN/ARA-8 homing adapter which is a standard equipment of the P-47Ns for long range escort duty in the pacific theater.

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Jun from Tokyo

 
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Not standard at all...

June 27 2012, 1:38 PM 

Plenty of photographic evidence that shows P-47N without them.  Espcially the 318th FG when operating out of Saipan,  they do start showing up later when operating out of Ie Shima. 

 
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Jun Oizumi
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Standard doesn't mean all the P-47Ns but P-47N-5 and later.

June 28 2012, 12:03 AM 

I know earlier P-47N-1 did not have those antennas.
The AN/ARA-8 was installed to P-47N-5 and subsequent blocks. Installation of this equipment was not particular to the 318th FG machines.
You can find the antennas on late block P-47Ns as well as on many P-51Ds in the pacific theater.

On page 42 of the Pilot Traing Manual for P-47N, the AN/ARA-8 is included in the 4 standard radio sets.

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Jun from Tokyo

 
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The word "standard" can be too easily confused...

June 28 2012, 2:03 PM 

as meaning all had them, as if it was standard to all.  It was, indeed, a standard piece of radio equipment, meaning it wasn't a prototype or something cobbled together in the field.

 
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Jun Oizumi
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Sorry, English is not my tangue.

June 28 2012, 8:40 PM 

I will say General instead of Standard.
Thanks for giving me a lesson.

Jun from Tokyo

 
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