Between March 1943 and August 1945 the P-47s flew over 500,000 / 546,000 combat sorties. The loss per sortie was under 0.7%.
The P-47 was used by the Americans, Brazilians, British, French, Mexicans, and Russians.
Many pilots thought the P-47Bs were not maneuverable and didn't climb well. They did however, like that it could survive heavy damage.
First Units in England
The 56th and 78th Fighter Groups took their P-47s to England in January 1943. They first escorted B-17s on April 8, 1943.
There were 16 Royal Air Force (RAF) squadrons in Burma equipped with the P-47.
After World War II
The Army changed them to be called the F-47.
Many Central and South American countries used the P-47s after World War II.
Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Turkey, Venezuela
The United States used the P-47B.
P-47Bs started entering service in the last half of 1942.
The P-47C was used by the United States.
P-47Cs were first assigned to the Eighth Air Force in July 1943.
The P-47D was used by:
- Britain: 830
- Thunderbolt I ("Razorbacks"): 240
- Thunderbolt II (late models): 490
- Used primarily in South-East Asia starting in September 1944.
- Brazil: 50, 88
- Units operated in Italy and the Philippines.
- France: 446
- Used from Corsica and southern France
- Mexico: 25
- Units operated in Italy and the Philippines. 201st Fighter Squadron.
- Soviet Union: 196, 203
- Delivered by the Alaska Siberia route.
- United States
The P-47Ds used in Europe were more and more used as fighter bomber than escort fighters.
Arrival in Australia
In mid-1943 the 5th Air Force began to be equipped with P-47Ds.
7th Air Force
The 7th Air Force, on Saipan, started using the P-47Ds in late 1944. In the Spring of 1945 some of these units later moved to Iwo Jima and Le Shima.
The P-47M was used by the United States.
Originally intended to intercept V-1s, the P-47Ms were produced too late. These were later based in Europe and had some success against the Me 262 and Ar 234 jet aircraft.
The P-47N was used by the United States.
The P-47N was only used in the Pacific against the Japanese. They attacked targets in China, Korea, and Japan. P-47Ns also escorted B-29 Superfortresses from Saipan over Japan.
20th Air Force
In the Spring of 1945 the 20th Air Force used three groups of P-47Ns.