Monday, June 4, 2012

Canadians on Thunderbolts


A Canadian pilot, Flying Officer P/ Cummings "Slim" Walker of No. 134 Squadron RAF, taxies out for a sortie in his Republic Thunderbolt Mark I at Ratnap, Burma. © IWM (CF 224)

This photo illustrates one of the frustrations researching RCAF pilots on Thunderbolts with the RAF.  Quite a few Canadians served in the SEAC and flew Thunderbolts, but finding complete information on any one pilot's aircraft is quite difficult.  (If anyone has any good information, please pass it along.)

Modeler's Note: Hands down the Tamiya Thunderbolt is the best on the market in 1/72.  The Revell bubble-top P-47D released in the '90s is also quite nice.  The Hasegawa kits are old, and often overpriced.  Just get the Tamiya kit...

3 comments:

dknights said...

Congrats on post #38 for 2012. That is more posts than in any year since 2009. Way to go. Keep up the good work.

SeaWaves said...

One of my relatives flew the P-39 while serving in an RAF squadron. Believed to be the only Canadian P-39 pilot.

Crapologist said...

You have to have a kit from every manufacturer including Frog and Fujimi for all those aftermarket decals. P-47 rules!