Insignias of Destruction on Colonel Joseph Laughlin's P-47, Five by Five

Title

Insignias of Destruction on Colonel Joseph Laughlin's P-47, Five by Five

Subject

The official destruction insignia located on Colonel Laughlin's P-47

Description

Accounts were kept of what pilots destroyed in combat. To tout those successes, pilots would have the record painted on their planes, with tallies next to each symbol for tanks, trucks, and locomotives. The Nazi flags represented downed enemy aircraft; 5 flags meant the pilot was an ace. Colonel Laughlin was the only known pilot in World War II to be solely credited for sinking an enemy ship. The battleship insignia represented the German Light Cruiser he sunk in Brest Harbor.

Creator

Republic Aviation Corporation
US Army Air Corps

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

1940s

Files

Laughlin_P47_Destroy_Decal.JPG

Citation

Republic Aviation Corporation and US Army Air Corps, “Insignias of Destruction on Colonel Joseph Laughlin's P-47, Five by Five,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed July 10, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/53.