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March 26 2009 at 11:47 AM

Bob Pointer  (Login FTG2)
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Response to P-47 Thunderbolt

Thanks to Rookie Gator for reminding us of another great contribution of Evansville to the war effort.

Yes they were made here at Republic Aviation, now the Whirlpool plant on N. 41.
My mom worked there in the wing section, one of the "Rosie the Riveters".

In September, 1942, Republic Aviation completed the first Thunderbolt (P-47) aircraft. Some 6,075 Thunderbolt aircraft were manufactured in Evansville by Republic and delivered throughout the country and to overseas battlefront.
At the Evansville plant, more than 5,000 employees-many of them women - consistently shattered production records. The Republic Aviation plant was so important to the allied war effort that President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the facility in 1943.

The city found a salvaged P47 and formed a P47 heritage committee to bring it back to Evansville to be restored and placed on display. It was stored at a local warehouse where volunteers would be working on it after funds were raised for its restoration. Tragically, a fire at the warehouse destroyed the aircraft beyond restoration.

For more information than you can ever digest see:

Thanks again Rookie

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