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"Tony" of the 5th ERS

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The 5th ERS was formed at Boxted in May 1944 and at that time was officially know as "Detachment B,Flight Section, 65th Fighter Wing".

In the US Army draft the lowest physical rating was "4F". Anybody classed as 4F was unfit for service, so when the old "War Weary" P-47s began to gather at the northern end of the airfield at Boxted sporting the fusalage code "5F" much joking ensued amongst the 56th FG personel.

The aim of the 5th ERS was to carry out patrols over the North Sea and liase with the RAF Air Sea Rescue.

Due to the conversion to the P-51 by many 8th Air Force fighter groups around that time there was no problem in equipping the new unit with P-47's. After various trials a dinghy pack under each wing, a belly tank of either 108 or 150 gallons and a smoke marker unit mounted under the fusalage became the standard load. Armament was reduced first to six and later to four machine guns to save weight and extend mission duration.

The 5th ERS is credited with being the first Eighth Air Force unit to shoot down a V1 "Doodlebug", when Lt J Tucker encountered one while on patrol over the English Channel on June 30th 1944.

P-47D-15-RE 42-75855 came from the 63rd FS, 56th FG and had been the personal aircraft of Joseph Egan Jr, coded UN-E. Combat reports dated 21st and 22nd of February 1944 show that at least 2 Me 109's fell victim to its .50 cal machine guns. Shortly after starting his second tour Egan was killed on action on July 19th 1944. Its believed, although I havent yet found photographic evidence, that the name "Tony" was already on the aircraft when it was allocated to the "5Fers".

. The aircraft went through a few changes during its service with 5th ERS.

The P-47s are reported to have been oversprayed in RAF Dark Green and its possible that when this took place the name "Tony" was painted over. Photographs of the aircraft with full invasion stripes show that the 5th ERS artwork isnt present on the cowling.Even later photos (1945) show again no group insignia on the nose and by this time 5F-A had been fitted with a Malcolm Hood canopy.

The kit is the excellent Tamiya Razorback.Eduard seatbelts were used and fuse wire added for brake lines and ignition wiring. Decals came from Eagle Strike, however the squadron codes and national insignia were painting on using Mal Mayfields "Miracle Masks".

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About the Author

About Nigel Julian (lampie)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST MIDLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM

Restarted modelling in late 2005 after a break of over 20 years.Built a lot of armour as a teenager but now concentrating on WW2 aircraft. Some skills are coming straight back to me and Im learning new ones everytime I log on to this site it seems.


Comments

Super job Nige, I love it. Great subject material too. Cheers, D
APR 24, 2010 - 10:10 AM
Nige I'm surprised you didn't mention award winning!!!!! Andy
APR 24, 2010 - 06:03 PM
Well I didn't want to say, but I couldn't resist taking a photo of "Tony" with the two medals and slipping it into the feature. The photos out of date though, as "Tony" won its class at the Hinckley show today and theres another medal and certificate sitting in the cabinet now Nige
APR 25, 2010 - 02:47 PM
How do you Brits say it?......."Smashing, old chap"!!
APR 25, 2010 - 05:09 PM
Awesome Nige! What did you use for the OD topside?
APR 28, 2010 - 02:14 AM
Thanks for the comments guys Jim. The topside is a Tamya XF62 Olive Drab base coat faded with about 4 coats of varying mixtures of OD and XF4 yellow green. Its got some streaks of Tamiya smoke over that as well. My favourite shelf in the display cabinets......... Toodle pip! Nige
APR 28, 2010 - 05:29 AM
I like the way you toned down the olive drab, I am going to try that on my current build.Strong work on that jug
JAN 31, 2011 - 12:21 PM
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