By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe through the ultimate yr of the struggle. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce satisfaction of fingers. They earned a Presidential amazing Unit quotation within the overdue summer time of 1944 and have been additionally credited with the USAAFs first German jet kill in July 1944. finally transitioning to the P-51D in September 1944, the 479th excelled with the Mustang. The 479th FG was once credited with scoring the final aerial victory claimed via the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. via VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the crew had earned ace prestige.
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Lt erald Mulvaney was also in on the attack, but his hope of claiming a victory was ruined when, just as he pressed the trigger, another P-38 slid c in across his nose and dropped its external Fuel tanks - these came very close to hitting him. Mulvaney had mixed emotions when his gun-camera film was subsequently developed back at Wattisham and the oFFending P-38 showed no signs of damage From Friendly fire. I en --i l> Z G'l en --i a --i m "T1 a :IJ m The last recordedmi sion flown by VlII Fighter Command P-38s took place on 3 October 1944, when 13 436th FS machines escorted B-24s From the 2nd BO to peyer airfield, in Germany.
A cold fronr had passed through, and was scheduled ro be over Poland before the mission was launched. One last show. 'I would lead A group, with the 434th FS up fronr. The day didn't look roo bad as we rook off, but once we headed out over the sea cloud starred ro build up ahead. By the time we had idenrifled the wing of B-24s we were ro escorr, great stacks of cumulus rose three ro four miles high from the ground. Every now and then the Liberarors would disappear from view, and for safery we had ro dodge around or over the mass of clouds.
0 enemy aircraFt looked even remotely like a P-38, however. MUSTANGS TO THE FORE! I $: c (/) -i » Z Gl (/) -i o -i I m on o :JJ m t was on 28 September 1944 that Eighth Air Force P-38s Fought their last aerial battle in the ETO. The 479th FG put up 22 P-5 J s (flown by the 434th and 435th FSs) and 23 P-38s (all 436th FS machines) to escort B-17s From the 1st BD that had been sent to bomb indu trial targets in the Magdeburg area. 434th F CO Lt Col James Herren was leading' ewcross White' Section of eight P-51 s when the 434th FS ran into an aggressive Formation oFBF I 09s and Fw 190s above and to the right of the bomber stream.
479th Fighter Group: Riddles Raiders by John Stanaway