P-47 With Air National Guard

Last revised July 4, 2006

The Air National Guard operated P-47s between 1946 and 1955. Originally, the post-war ANG units east of the Mississippi were to operate P-47s and those to the west were to fly P-51s. This plan was generally adhered to, although there were exceptions:

The following ANG units operated Thunderbolts:


  1. American Combat Planes, Ray Wagner, Third Enlarged Edition, Doubleday, 1982.

  2. The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion Books, 1987.

  3. War Planes of the Second World War, Fighters, Volume Four, William Green, Doubleday 1964.

  4. United States Military Aircraft since 1909, Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers, Smithsonian, 1989.

  5. The Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Aircraft in Profile, Edward Shacklady, Doubleday, 1969.

  6. Famous Fighters of the Second World War, Volume I, William Green, 1967.

  7. Thunderbolt!, Robert S. Johnson and Martin Caidin, Ballantine Books, 1958.

  8. Thunderbolt: A Documentary History of the Republic P-47, Roger Freeman, Motorbooks, 1992.

  9. E-mail from Jeffrey Nash on 132nd FS being with Main ANG, not Massachusetts ANG.