My family often visited my Millville grandparents, especially in summer. After church — must have been around ’41 — we’d sometimes drive out to Millville Airport, which was then being converted to a military field. I vividly remember Dad showing me orange-ish quartz pebbles that had been broken by heavy equipment. I was impressed! The culprits — rollers and graders were standing around on the runway-to-be, but were idle on Sundays. (Sure wish I still had some of those broken pebbles!) I can’t help but think: No way would access to a military-facility-in-progress be possible today!
I loved watching those P-47s fly low over Grandma’s house at 316 Fulton Street… sometimes chasing the white target banner towed by a B-25(?)… and their occasional two-plane dogfights right overhead. We often heard machine gun fire. The excitement one day was because a stray bullet hit Dalton’s jewelry store “over town” on High Street. And there was the afternoon I envied the “big kids” (i.e. teenagers) across the street who rode home on their bikes one afternoon hauling a piece of a just-crashed P-47. (Again… Can anyone imagine such a thing happening today?)
My question to you is how to configure a model P-47 to be faithful to the planes I so enjoyed. I remember them as rather plain, dark gray(?), and I understand they had a white M (“Millville”) on the fuselage.
Can you help?
Bryce M. Hand
Emeritus Professor of Geology, Syracuse University