Chris opted to build the Academy 1:48th Bubbletop in the markings of the 86th FG's "Ole Missouri/The Jawbone".
A few weeks into the build, Steven Famuliner was surfing the net and came across the P-47 SIG.
He was very surprised to find that decals were available for "Ole Missouri/The Jawbone" as this was the P-47 flown by his father!
Steven has very kindly uploaded some of his fathers photos and here they are.
Fabulous photos and I'm sure you will join me in thanking Steven for uploading them. I'm honoured to be able to show them.
Steven has also related the story of how "Ole Missouri/The Jawbone" came to recieve its unusual double name.
When i was a kid, he told me he named his plane "the jawbone" after the biblical story of Samson taking the jawbone of an ass, & slaying many of his enemies with it. he said it was a fitting name for a warplane. as for 'ole missouri, he grew up on a farm in Moberly, Missouri, & he liked mules.
Some more technical information that has come to light from Steven and also from viewing the photos.
Steven tells us his father flew with the 525th FS 86th FG, "The Jawbone" is often incorrectly listed as being a 527th FS aircraft.
Just visible on the starboard cowling is the 525th FS insignia.
Due to the unique red/white striped empennage of the 86th's P-47's, the serial number was overpainted and until now "Ole Missouri's" has been unknown.
The photos show the serial number painted on the starboard side forward of the squadron markings. "33559".
The full serial number is 44-33559, which tells us that "The Jawbone/Ole Missouri" was from the D-30-RA batch.
Steven, many thanks for sending these photographs.