479th Fighter Group: Riddles Raiders by John Stanaway

By John Stanaway

Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe throughout the ultimate yr of the battle. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce satisfaction of hands. They earned a Presidential amazing Unit quotation within the past due summer season of 1944 and have been additionally credited with the USAAFs 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 by means of the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. through VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the crew had earned ace prestige.

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Biscayart c1ai med rwo Fw 190s from the formation, the second ofwhich was abandoned by its pilot before he even opened fire. Lt Donald Dunn was credited with three Fw 190s, as was his element leader, Lt Victor Th is action took place over a period of about 15 minutes some 30 miles west of Halberstadt. Brand new 479th FG pilot Lt Bob Kline was Oying on Herren's wing, and he momentarily losr sighr of his leader while he chased rwo Bf 109s off his tail. Rejoining, he 'saw the pilot of rhe enemy aircraft that Lt Col Herren was attacking bailout'.

I was on "C" channel at the time, and did not hear him call a rurn ro the lefr. He made a rurn ro the left inro me and appeared ro be having rrouble. I experienced great difficulry in staying with him. I then realised that I was on my back due ro the fact that I was "hanging" by my safety belt and my gyros had tumbled. 01 Zemke appeared ro be in the same attirude, and immediately following that I lost visual contact with him. ' Lt Walter Drake was leading the second e1emenr, and he reported; 'We saw the fronr ahead of us and starred ro climb over ir.

His comments were initially published in the Eighth Air Force News, and later reprinted in the P-38 NrztionalAssociation Newsletter. He wrote; 'I'll have ro leave its dogfighting capabiliry ro others, because [ never found it necessary ro try ro turn inside a German fighter, but I do take exception ro the claim that the P-51 could fly further and longer than a P-38. That's a claim that it seems has been made by everybody since I last flew it. I would gladly wager a large sum of money that given that the two aeroplanes were fitted with full drop tanks, the P-38 would be airborne for at least an hour longer than the P- 51.

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