USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Neshoba County Mississippi
P-47D-2-RE 42-8205

Neshoba County Mississippi Photo courtesy of Peter Randall
Photo courtesy of Peter Randall

This war bond Thunderbolt purchased by citizens of Neshoba County remained in the USA as a training aircraft. Initially assigned to the 359th Fighter Group at Grenier Field, Manchester, NH, it ground looped after a mechanical failure on 14th May 1943 while landing with pilot Lt Edward Hyland.

Thereafter it served with numerous training units until sent to the boneyard in September 45. It then began a post-war life re-registered as NC75640 and was eventually exported to Bolivia in October 1949 where is acted as "gate guardian" at La Paz airport. Returning to the USA in 1976 it was renovated and displayed at the Champlin Air Museum at Meza, Arizona, then transferred to the Museum of Flight, Seattle, where it was painted as the 325FG's "Big Stud".


© Ray Bowden 13 August 2022