1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 5
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 6
1 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
10 х HVAR rocketsSetup 7
|This page is about the aircraft Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE. For other uses, see P-47 (Disambiguation)|
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 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 5.7 battle rating, possessing ridiculous top speed, competitive climb rate, decent energy retention, great armament, and surprising maneuverability at speed.
As such, the P-47M is best played to its strengths as a Boom & Zoom and Boom & Run fighter in Air RB. In Ground RB it is an excellent fighter bomber with a good rocket/bomb load-out and .50 cals that can deal with most turret roofs.
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 5.7 while having the performance qualities of super-props. Top speeds above 5 km 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 0-6000 m. WEP power is available for up to 12 minutes to maximize engine output.
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.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,144 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,144 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 380||< 420||< 450||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|9,320 m||2,220 hp||2,826 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 9.5 mm Steel - Seat back and head rest armor plate
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Windscreen
Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE is armed with:
- 8 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wings-mounted (425 rpg = 3400 total)
Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (500 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,500 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (500 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 10 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,500 lb total)
Usage in the battles
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs||FRC mk.2|
|IV||G-Suit||Engine Injection||Cover||FLBC mk.1|
- 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.
Pros and cons
- Forgiving aircraft
- Eight deadly .50 cal M2 Brownings
- Good ground-attack ordinance selection
- Unrivaled high altitude performance
- Very good high speed maneuverability
- Good climb rate, on par with the Bf 109 G-2
- Almost unrivaled top speed
- Radial engine is generally resistant to damage
- Access to premium bonuses in SL and RP
- Payloads encourage a low-altitude attacker play style, playing into P-47M's disadvantages.
- Poor low Speed maneuverability
- Mediocre 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
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 2,800 hp 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.
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