“Oct 10 – 6:15 A.M. P-47 on takeoff nosed into ocean and burned but pilot got out okay.”
This entry starts off very early in the morning, at “6:15 A.M.” when Mike wrote “P-47 on takeoff nosed into ocean”.
A “P-47” is officially known as the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt , and was a fighter aircraft used between 1941 and 1945 by the United States.
It was one of the largest, heaviest and most expensive aircraft’s used by the United States during the war. It specialized in high – altitude combat and taking out enemy bombers at low altitude. Since the aircraft was so heavy the frame was built very sturdy, allowing it to take a decent amount of damage and continue to fly. It was also one of the most common aircraft’s used by the United States in all the fronts (Pacific, Eastern, etc) during the war.
The above image is a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. It is the modern version of the P-47 Mike wrote about in this entry.
Alright so let’s get back on course, Mike said the “P-47 on takeoff nosed into ocean and burned”. What he means by “nosed” is that the aircraft nose dived into the ocean and then started to burn. Now if you remember Mike is currently on an island, meaning he is very close to the water. So I doubt the pane flew very far before diving into the war, as this happened on “takeoff”. The reason it started to burn probably has to do with the engine and fuel leaking out into the water. Fuel (gasoline) is less dense than water, so it floats on top, which if caught fire, will burn.
As for why the plane nose dived or how quickly any of this happened, I am not sure. My best guess is that the plane was damaged from the events that occurred in Entry #73 and Entry #74. Then again this is only a guess, and there is no way for me to know exactly what happened. If you have any other ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Mike finishes this entry off by writing “but pilot got out okay.” This was incredibly lucky, and I can’t imagine what was going through the pilot’s head.