The name of Seversky Aviation Corporation was changed to Republic Aviation Corporation. The renamed company began production of the P-43 Lancer, which had been developed from the P-35 and XP-41 Seversky designs. Their P-44 Rocket proposal was rejected in favor of the P-47 Thunderbolt (aka Jug), which was their primary product and their important contribution to the war effort. The XP-69 proposal was rejected in favor of the XP-72, basically a re-engined P-47, which did not go into service. By the end of the war, they had the XF-12 Rainbow and the Seabee in prototype, but neither saw wartime service.

Republic partnered with Ford to produce the JB-2 Loon clone of the German V-1 buzz-bomb.

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