Warbird Digest has received the September/October, 2021 report from Chuck Cravens concerning the restoration of the Dakota Territory Air Museum’s P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27609 at AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota. We thought our readers would be very interested to see how the project has progressed since our last article on this important project. So without further ado, here it goes!
On April 3rd, 1919, Kermit Bjorlie was born on a farm in Pekin, about 95 miles northwest of Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from North Dakota State University. Bjorlie took part in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at NDSU, and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces after graduating in February 1943, serving until 1946.
And that’s all for this month. We wish to thank AirCorps Aviation, Chuck Cravens for making this report possible! We look forwards to bringing more restoration reports on progress with this rare machine in the coming months. Be safe, and be well