Lt. Col. Clyde J. Whaley, USAF, P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot, 507th Fighter Group - birdshooter

Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt flew its first combat mission--a sweep over Western Europe. Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, the P-47 quickly gained a reputation for ruggedness. Its sturdy construction and air-cooled radial engine enabled the Thunderbolt to absorb severe battle damage and keep flying.

Clyde's first combat aircraft, Ie Shima, Japan