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By John Stanaway

Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a powerful background opposed to the Luftwaffe throughout the ultimate yr of the battle. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce satisfaction of fingers. They earned a Presidential exceptional 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 used to be credited with scoring the final aerial victory claimed by way of the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by means of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the team had earned ace prestige.

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Another well used Mustang that survived the war, the fighter was unceremoniously salvaged following VE-Day. Its "Super Wabbit" motif was one of three artworks painted by 434th FS Mustang pilot Lt Eugene Sears I Tabatt collection I 79 w > LL a:: w f0.. « ::c u " was flying on Col Zemke's left wing as we enrered the overcast at about 27,000-28,000 fr. 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.

The group's German adversaries during this engagement were probably from JG 300, which the 479th had also encountered rwo days earlier. /]G 300, who bailed out of his Fw 190A-8 'Blue 17' after being wounded - he landed near Halberstadt. The 43Gth FS enjoyed an impressive day of combat at the somewhat lower altitude of 22,000 ft, sending the Lightning out in style. Coincidentally, the RAF had run some comparison tests berween a P-38F and a captured Fw 190A, noting that the former stood its best chance of successful combat against the Focke- Wulf fighter at 22,000 ft.

73 UJ > a:: UJ ICl.. « I u turns 1 was in a position to fire at an Me 109. The German must have seen me because he started evasive action immediately. J chased him to the deck, where he started turning to the right. [ was a little above him, so [ "gaggle". They looked more like a Oock of birds than a fighter formation. l observed many strikes in the cockpit, and as he continued his turn, the strikes moved down to the tail, parts of which I saw Oy off. ' slightly below, the B-1 7s and B-24s at a slow closing speed and lined up dead astern, pitting their massed firepower against that of the bombers from a deadly no-deOection firing position.

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