On October 15, 1943, Tony recorded a “Forced Landing” in his logbook involving a P-47-D, ship number 275586, during a short 30-minute flight.
10-15-43 – Dead stick landing at Republic Field. No damage to airplane. Master rod failure in front bank of cylinders – also all link rods in front bank were sheared off. Engine failure at 7,000 ft.Tony Riccio
Tony flew his first P-47-D-25 “Bubble Canopy” airplane on February 9, 1944, ship number 226389.