Earlier designated as a pursuit squadron flying the Republican P-47 Thunderbolt, the 62nd Fighter Squadron skillfully swerved to and fro, to protect bombing missions from enemy raiders. As the war progressed, they became masters of the mobile aerial strike force, downing opposition with the touch of a highly skilled warfare virtuoso. If the enemy flyer juked rudders and jerked ailerons violently, to avoid up to eight .50-caliber machine guns blazing away from the Thunderbolt’s armaments, they’d only prolong the inevitable crash and burn.
As a formidable fighting pilot of the 62nd, they knew how to conquer and claim superiority in the air. It all culminated at the confluence of training. Just like today, back then was all about drills, relentless practice, and ceaseless desires to practice air-to-air gunnery perfection. The will to win was ingrained with great pride, without hesitation. There was no way we could lose or be defeated. We simply had air professionals who wanted to do their darndest best for our country.
The 62nd Fighter Squadron patch captures scruffy “Spike,” a belligerent bulldog bearing boxing gloves decorated with bolts of fast lightning. This bullying bulldog beckons the enemy’s aerial adversaries to do battle with a fighting stance that is ready, agile, hostile, and mobile. He’s got a locked-down pugilistic posture that won’t waver, while wearing green goggles, an airman’s helmet, matching blue shirt, and shoes emblazoned with white five-pointed stars.
- 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.