By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe in the course of the ultimate 12 months of the struggle. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce delight of fingers. They earned a Presidential uncommon Unit quotation within the past due summer time 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 through the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by way of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the crew had earned ace prestige.
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I overshot and, coming back in From astern, 1 opened fire again, getting good strike. Big pieces, appearing to be the leFt aileron and part of the wing, flew oFF, and flames poured out of the engine. The enemy aircraFt then rolled gently over onto its ba k and dived into a cloud bank, the top of which was '000 Ft indi ated. J > u... J l- e... <:( ::r:: u Col Zemke, meanwhile, had been having some trouble making the rendezvous with his assigned bomber combat wing, so he decided to lead his portion of the 479th FG to the target at Brux and wait for the bombers there.
The P-47 could challenge the Mustangabove 18,000 ft, while the P-38 could give it 436th FS pilot Lt Gerald Mulvaney stands beside his P-51D 44-14280 BOTTLENECK in the later stages of his combat tour. 5 ground kills and an Fw 190 shot down during the course of 61 missions, flown between June 1944 and March 1945. All of Mulvaney's victories were scored flying a P-38J (via Blake) 'Wing-mounted guns, of course, inrroduced greater opporwniry for lack of concentration of fire when the target was either behind the harmonisation "sweet SPOt" of the guns or beyond that range.
It is my opinion that this particular German Formation was intent on hitting the next box oFbombers in line because they were heading right For them, and they showed no signs of split-essing From their initial attack. 'I opened fire at the Fw 190 1 had selected within good range, but did not see any hits. 1 realised then that some of my guns were Frozen, so I proceeded to walk the gunsight back and Forth across the enemy aircraFt. Then 1observed strikes and the canopy came oFFimmediately, Followed by several other large pieces.
479th Fighter Group: Riddles Raiders by John Stanaway