Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE Thunderbolt

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General info

Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE Thunderbolt in the Garage.

Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE Thunderbolt is a gift Rank IV American fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 5.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory". The Republic P-47M was the fastest of the production model Thunderbolts. The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of American pilot George E. Bostwick in the US Army Air Force in the 56th Fighter Group.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The P-47M is a high-altitude interceptor that has impressive armament and ordinance that serves it well in both the fighter and Close Air Support role. In Air RB, it is currently unequaled in performance at a 5.3 battle rating, possessing ridiculous top speed, climbrate, energy retention, armament, and- most controversially- an airspawn.

As such, the P-47M is best played to its strengths as a BnZ and BnR fighter in Air RB. In Ground RB it is an excellent fighter bomber with a good rocket/bomb load-out and .50cals that can deal with most turret roofs.

Vehicle characteristics

The M variant was specifically setup to intercept Germany's buzz-bombs and the new jet/rocket powered fighters. The primary advantage of this new variant came through speed. The aircraft was powered by either a Pratt & Whitney R-2800-14W or R-2800-5 engine while using the CH-5 turbo-supercharger. The aircraft was able to produce 2,800 hp, giving it a higher top speed.

In War Thunder Air RB, the P-47M sits at a battle rating of 5.3 while having the performance qualities of superprops. Top speeds above 5km exceed literally any opponent besides the Ta-152 H-1 (which is only capable of competing at around 9-10 km). Climb rate is great, at around an average of 23 m/s from 0-6000m. To top this off, the P-47M also gets an interceptor airspawn which guarantees it altitude superiority in most, if not all, matches.

Interestingly (besides the better engine), the P-47M gets a unique airbrake which makes it very easy to stick behind the tails of opponents in a high-speed dive.

Tactics

Boom-n-Zoom and Boom-n-Run tactics should be adhered to.

Specific enemies worth noting

No plane should concern a competent P-47M pilot. However, lots of planes do become worrying opponents below 5km. The La-7, Tempest V/2, and Yak-9P are all examples of planes that can run down a P-47M at sea level. However, the P-47M has a good climbrate and gets an airspawn so significant altitude loss shouldn't be a problem in the first place.

Counter-Tactics

Energy bait the 47M to low altitudes. Otherwise, there isn't much one can do against a P-47M, and even moreso if he/she is in anything short of a Spitfire/Zero.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Extremely forgiving aircraft
  • Eight deadly .50 cal M2 Brownings
  • Good ground-attack ordinance selection
  • Good high altitude performance
  • Good high speed maneuverability
  • Good climb rate, on par with the Bf 109 G-2
  • Unrivaled top speed
  • Airbrakes.
  • Radial engine is generally resistant to damage
  • Access to premium bonuses in SL and RP

Cons:

  • Payloads encourage a low-altitude attacker play style, playing into P-47M's disadvantages
  • Poor low Speed maneuverability
  • Poor low altitude performance
  • Large size and wing span makes it an easy target when enemy has lead
  • Engine damage is very likely in head-ons

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 8 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wings-mounted (425 rpg = 3400 total)

Payloads

  • 1 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 bomb
  • 2 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 1 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Rockets

Rockets

Aircraft Rockets

Nation Mass Name Velocity Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Rocket properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
110.9 kg BR 20 350 m/s 210 100 210.8 5 m 75 mm 100 50 m 10 mm
3.85 kg R4M Orkan 525 m/s 55 0 0.6 1 m 12 mm 5.2 25 m 8 mm
2.78 kg RZ 65 Föhn 260 m/s 73 17.5 0 0.9 m 10 mm 13.1 15 m 8 mm
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Japan
60 kg 60 kg 340 m/s 82 21.1 99.9 6 m 60 mm 0 15 m 8 mm
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USSR
41.9 kg RS-132 350 m/s 132 14 27.9 3 m 75 mm 43.3 25 m 10 mm
7.84 kg RS-82 340 m/s 82 0 0.6 1 m 23 mm 16.9 12 m 8 mm
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Britain
64 kg HVAR 420 m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5 m 75 mm 98.6 17 m 12 mm
43 kg RP-3 350 m/s 76 10.5 35.8 3.5m 75 mm 56.7 15 m 5 mm
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USA
583 kg 11.75 in Tiny Tim 300 m/s 298 17.5 1,289.2 13 m 120 mm 183.4 45 m 12 mm
64 kg 5 in HVAR 420 m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5 m 75 mm 98.6 17 m 12 mm
17 kg M8 Bazooka 250 m/s 114 3.5 6 1 m 29 mm 16.8 25 m 7 mm

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57C 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1770 hp (Stock), 2554 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2466 hp (Stock), 3249 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1,070 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57C 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1746 hp (Stock), 2100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2442 hp (Stock), 2796 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1,070 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57C 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1746 hp (Stock), 2100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2442 hp (Stock), 2796 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1,070 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 720 km/h
    • at height: 9,144 m
  • Max altitude: 12,200 m
  • Turn Time: 25.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 801 km/h
    • at height: 9,144 m
  • Max altitude: 12,200 m
  • Turn Time: 22.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 27.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 702 km/h
    • at height: 9,144 m
  • Max altitude: 12,200 m
  • Turn Time: 26.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 760 km/h
    • at height: 9,144 m
  • Max altitude: 12,200 m
  • Turn Time: 24.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 702 km/h
    • at height: 9,144 m
  • Max altitude: 12,200 m
  • Turn Time: 26.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 760 km/h
    • at height: 9,144 m
  • Max altitude: 12,200 m
  • Turn Time: 24.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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0.58
1.16
1.74
2.32
2.9
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

All modules and improvements are unlocked from the start. The Tracer belts are the most popular for Air combat, while several other ammunition belts are optional for uses such as ground attacking.

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

Four P-47D-27 Aircraft were pulled form the production line at the Farmingdale factory and were fitted with the Pratt & Whitney R-2800-57(C) engine. They were also equipped with a larger CH-5 turbo-supercharger allowing the aircraft to reach 2800hp at 32,000 feet. Air brakes were also added underneath the wings to aid in deceleration and recovery during dives. These four prototypes were re-designated YP-47M.

The engine installations were eventually added to the last 130 P-47D-30s from Framingdale in Sept of 1944. They were all re-designated P-47M-1-RE. It is important to note that the under-wing racks were not fitted to this aircraft. It was intended to be strictly a fighter. They were delivered in Dec. of 1944. The dorsal fins were later added as a field modification.

The M-variant saw service with the 56th Fighter Group but problems with the new highly tuned R-2800 delayed their use until the last weeks of the war in Europe. At one point the aircraft was pulled from service and replaced with D variants until the aircraft performed reliably. The P-47M was never used against V-1 flying bombs, it's original target.
The P-47M is most remembered for Major George Bostwick's engagements with the Me 262. Bostwick shot down a Me 262 on March 25 1945. He was able to damage a second one a few days later on April 7th.

His P-47M-1-RE had the nickname "Ugly Duckling" and a striking paint scheme.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the P-47M from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE
Nation USA
Type High Altitude Fighter
Attackers
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Ground Attack

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4855 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~6019 kg
Takeoff Weight ~8278 kg
Wing Area ~28 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 2220 hp
WEP Duration 20.13 minutes
top speed ~689.76 kph at 9144 m
Climb Rate ~15.91 m/s
Turn Time ~14.10 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~174.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~10703 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~13269 lb
Takeoff Weight ~18250 lb
Wing Area ~301 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 2220 hp
WEP Duration 20.13 minutes
Top speed ~428.60 mph at 30000 m
Climb Rate 52.19 ft/s
Turn Time 14.10 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~35.64 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
8 x M2/late Browning 425 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
1 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 3
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
Payload Option 4
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
1 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 5
10 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR rocket
Payload Option 6
10 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR rocket
1 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 7
10 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR rocket
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
Payload Option 8
10 x 🚀 173mm, 20.6kg HVAR rocket
2 x 💣 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Bomb
1 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 910 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Combat Flaps 520 kph
Max static +G's ~14
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <380 kph
Rudder <420 kph
Elevators <450 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 565 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Combat Flaps 323 mph
Max static +G's ~14
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <236 mph
Rudder <261 mph
Elevators <280 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is controllable
Oil and water uses different radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
9320 m
30577 ft
100% Enginepower 2220 hp
WEP Enginepower 2826 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)