RE: P-47 Thunderbolt - "Brisbane" tanks
Chris this research were done by VIII AF Air Technical Section at Bovingdon, and the B-7 shackles were fitted at group level beginning with the 4th and 56th FGs. The modification was from a 4-point (the 75gal. metal tanks were originally for P-39s and P-40s ) to a 2-point on the P-47.
From the D-6-RE they were fitted as standard on the production line (with 2 sway-braces on each side ).
The P-47C and very early Ds had a 200-gal. flush-fitting plastic / paper belly tank as a temporary measure (not really effective ).
The 75 gal. tanks were shipped over from July 1943 as there were not enough 108 gal. locally-made paper ones available, by about Dec. the situation had improved and deliveries of 75s was cancelled. By about May 1944 most had been used up and the paper (and some 108 gal. steel ) tanks were standard on both P-47 and P-51.
It seems the 348th was left to devise it's own solution, and they came up with the 200 gal. flat tank ( I think they got some similar 150 gal. ones from the States). They were in action from June-July 1943 at the time the 75s were allocated to the UK ; though some would arrive in the Pacific and China later. Nick