9. Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Plane Type: Fighter
Fought For: Allies
Complex Says: Flown by the U.S. and several other Allied forces during the war, the P-47D was mostly used either as a bomber escort or for its remarkable ground-fighter capabilities. Each one was heavily armed with eight .50-cal machine guns and 2,500 pounds of rockets or bombs. Unfortunately, range was a problem for the P-47D, which meant that the P-51 Mustang ended up taking over many of its previous bomber escort duties on long-range missions. At least 12,500 P-47Ds were built--far more than any other model of Thunderbolt before or since. [Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.]