The P-47 was, in a very indirect sense, a gift from Soviet Union to the United States of America. The aircraft was the product of two Georgian immigrants, Alexander de Seversky and Alexander Kartveli, who had left their homeland to escape the Bolsheviks.
In the entire history of military aviation, there has never been an airplane that could match the P-47 for ruggedness and dependability. The pilots who flew it into combat called it "The Unbreakable" and "The plane that can do anything." They were not far from wrong.
P-47's often came back from combat shot full of holes, their wings and control surfaces in tatters. On one occasion a P47 pilot, Lieutenant Chetwood, hit a steel pole after strafing a train over Occupied France. The collision sliced four feet off one of his wings -yet he was able to fly back safely to his base in England.