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The mother of all oil leaks!

Started by Sabrejet , Mar 08 2013 05:47 AM

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#1 Sabrejet

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:47 AM

There's no doubt that the P-47 was a tough ol' bird. This one was hit by flak over Italy but still made it home! Obviously, to say the pilot's vision was impaired somewhat would be an understatement! :o

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:48 AM

Wow looks like that vet had a fun ride all the way home

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:57 AM

Wonder what the poor soldier who had to clean THAT up afterwards was thinking when he first saw it... Or what he did to get made to be the one to have to do the job!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:01 AM

Wonder what the poor soldier who had to clean THAT up afterwards was thinking when he first saw it... Or what he did to get made to be the one to have to do the job!



Rather him than me! I'm not sure what the total oil capacity of a P-47 was, but it was certainly measured in gallons!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:05 AM

Reminds me of a BSA I once had.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:46 AM

The crew chief was not a happy camper.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:47 AM

Reminds me of a BSA I once had.

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Good one Graham! with both British bikes and older Land Rovers you know you're in trouble when the oil leaks stop!.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

I'm not sure what the total oil capacity of a P-47 was, but it was certainly measured in gallons!


"28.6 U.S. gal capacity" and that's just for tank attached to the engines - there were also external oil coolers so those and the oil lines would add to that.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:37 AM

No kidding? Thanks for that Bob!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:38 AM

I would love to hear the story from the pilot. Any info on who was the pilot?....Kat

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:41 AM

One Lt Edwin King.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:47 AM

Well as they say "if there's no oil on it, there's no oil in it", Talked to a Jug pilot that had the same problem, during a dogfight with a FW

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:48 AM

It's too bad we don't have more of the story.

A sticky situation indeed.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:49 AM

The man himself!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:50 AM

The man himself!


And the only oil on him looks like it came from getting out of it.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:15 AM

I wonder how he could see to fly. That windshield looks totally black.....

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:01 AM

When the brown rain hits it's time to find an airfield!
While flying back from a fishing trip in Tenn.it hit.The pilot,a 40 year veteran,as calm as could be says."Find me a field"Spotted one ,fast dive from about 9,000ft,landed,lost about 2qts. Bad push rod seal.Put 2 in and flew on home,still leaking.
Pilot,Platoon Sgt.August Garleff,G. Canal veteran,flying sergeant program,dock chief,A&E,O'hare Airport,(P-51,F-84,F-86),Missile Man(Nike)Motorpool Sgt.Illinois National guard.Quite the character.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:04 AM

Man, I thought my Jeep leaked! :D

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:09 AM

He must have landed virtually blind?! At the very best he just might have been able to look around the side with the canopy open? An object lesson in instrument flying! :o

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:15 PM

The P-47 that has all the oil on it is from the 350th Fighter Group,and has the 347th Squadron emblem on it's nose .
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:33 PM

once the oil got all over the canopy he probably opened it and flew like that home hopefully it didn't happen while it was open that would suck.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:35 AM

"Pilots joked that P-47s ran best when most of the oil stayed inside the engine. Ltn Edwin King of the 350th Fighter Group came home to Pisa, Italy, the hard way and found that a jug can go for at least a short time, with hardly any oil at all. An oil line was hit during a strafing mission near Brizsua on the planes 110th combat mission. King most probably attempted his hair-raising, no-forward-visability landing by landing in formation with a wingman" National Archives/Army Air Forces

"...freakish hit through the propellor blade of a P-47D. If it had been damaged a fraction of an inch in either direction, the blade would have no doubt come apart....Edwin Wright was the 19 year old pilot" National Achives/Army Air Force




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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:43 AM

And the only oil on him looks like it came from getting out of it.



Actually, if you look at the pilots arms, you can see that they are soaked with oil, from flying with the canopy open.

The only way to land in that situation, is to roll the canopy back and look out the sides.
You can slip the airplane back and forth to see around the nose while lining up and then
look at an angle forward to judge your height.

It is very challenging to say the least, but something you actually do train for, as it is a very real possibility,
ie, blowing a prop seal in a P51. Oil streams back over the nose and canopy and you can't see s**t.

As a pilot, I only have a couple of training hops in a P51, but I was backseat in one, when we had to
do the exact above proceedure. Massive oil leak, luckily over the airport. We pumped all 21 gallons of oil
overboard in a couple of minutes and the engine ceased on roll-out.

My hat is off to the pilot of that Jug, what a great job!
Also to P&W for building a great engine.

I am sure he didn't have to buy any drinks that night!!!

Best, John

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:09 PM

That would make for an awesome diorama!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:02 AM

Wonder what the poor soldier who had to clean THAT up afterwards was thinking when he first saw it... Or what he did to get made to be the one to have to do the job!


Q-tips and Goo-Off is all he needed :D


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