Maneuver to attack by diving from the sun. Pull high energy turns and dives to rake enemies wingtip to wingtip. Close in to pounce upon unsuspecting foes from cloud cover. These were the ingrained aerial combat thoughts of the bad guy busters in the 340th Fighter Squadron. Atmospheric, acrobatic combatives encompassed a complex sphere of skills to slay. From masterfully weaving in and out of an enemy’s cone of fire, to pivoting about, perfectly positioning yourself on his six, pulling the trigger on your stick, and BAM! Shootdown!
Remain on station, even with fuel running low, oil leaks, battle damage to flight controls. Pilots would sometimes defy orders to return to base in order to re-arm and refuel, that’s the selfless dedication they exhibited. They stood their ground until they were running on fumes.
It’s interesting. How, on the 340th Fighter Squadron patch, it was decided to show a legendary tommy gun, but the aircraft they used, the Republican P-47 Thunderbolts, employed a timeless classic that lasts even until today – the iconic .50 caliber. Perhaps the tommy gun was a certain salute to the valiant fighters on the ground, a sign of respect for what the terrain troops used on the enemy. As such, a youthful looking chap of a soldier, wearing white flight goggles, an aviator’s helmet, and a cape flapping in the winds, rides a huge thunder bolt, alluding to the rather large looking, heavy-set, cumbersome-appearing P-47 Thunderbolt. And as it turns out, the P-47 weighed up to 8 tons, thus being one of the weightiest fighters of the war.
- Men's T-Shirt
- Constructed from 100% ring spun combed cotton for super soft feel.
- 4.3-ounce, the perfect weight t-shirt. You'll want to wear this t-shirt everywhere.
- Machine wash cold, inside out, with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Do not iron decoration. Do not dry clean.