P-47 razorback '27' 42-75971 'Ruthless Ruthie'. The mount of eight-kill ace Lt George P Novotny from the 317th FS/325th FG also had the name 'Lady Jane VI' on right side of nose. Here seen with Crew Chief R E Ebert at Lesina, Italy 1943.
It later became the mount of 2nd Lt Lloyd Hathcock, 301st FS - 332ndFG. This being one of the first Jugs received by the 332nd of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, all coloured afro-american Fighter Group. In May, 1944 Hathcock became disoriented and landed in an airport still occupied by the Germans who took it for testing.
The United States entered World War II with a military that was segregated by race and remained segregated until 1948. War Department planners generally placed White and African-American Army personnel in separate units during World War II.
Republic P-47D 42-75971 310th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 12th AF.