By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a powerful historical past opposed to the Luftwaffe through the ultimate yr of the battle. initially flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce satisfaction of fingers. They earned a Presidential exclusive Unit quotation within the past due summer season of 1944 and have been additionally credited with the USAAF's first German jet kill in July 1944. ultimately 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 through the 8th Air Force's VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by way of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the workforce had earned ace prestige.
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I repositioned for another pass, but then saw the' 190 go over in a spiral, belching flames and smoke, so I broke off to look for some more. , Ot immediately sighting any enemy aircraft at my level, I split-essed to around 4000 ft, losing Lt Gail Jacobson, my wingman, while doing so. Almost at once [ picked up twO Fw 190s tooging around rather aimlessly, evidently trying to find a hole in the overcast, the top of which was at approximately 3000 fr. " a :D m 434th FS co Maj Art Jeffrey took his tally to nine confirmed victories when he downed three Fw 190s on 5 December 1944.
I gave the order to drop belly tanks and led "White" Section (nine P-51 s) to arrack in a diving left turn. '[ was closing on the larger formation of about 40+ Fw J 90s when my gunsight bulb went our. [ dove right on through the smaller formation of approximately 15 Me 109s, which was slightly above and to the right rear of the big gaggle. The' I 09s split up every which way, with most of them > On a more positive note, the group claimed another confirmed victory during a penetration and withdrawal escort mission on 26 ovember.
Straub almost ran into the middle oFthe Focke-WulFformation before he pulled up and broke away. 75 UJ > ex: UJ ~ a...
479th Fighter Group: Riddle's Raiders (Aviation Elite Units) by John Stanaway