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Republic P-47N Thunderbolts were used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber. The P-47 quickly gained a reputation for its ruggedness. Its sturdy construction and air-cooled radial engine enabled the P-47N to absorb severe battle damage and keep flying. (Department of Defense photo)

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Photo by: Department of Defense |  VIRIN: 140530-F-RN211-002.JPG