By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a powerful background opposed to the Luftwaffe through the ultimate yr of the conflict. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce delight of palms. They earned a Presidential unusual Unit quotation within the overdue 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 by way of 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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The 479th FG contribured 14 of these victories, half of which were credited to the 434th F . The group had put up 49 P-5! s in two sub-groups, A group being led by Riddle and B group by 436th FS CO Maj John Sullivan. The target was marshalling yards in Berlin, and the 479th was protecting its bomber charges over Dummer Lake a few minutes before J 000 hrs when they porred enemy fighter. hitting the deck. '[ finally got my gunsight back in operation and drove up the rear of the '190 formation, closing on one to the left rear of the gaggle.
Going around in a grim combat circle, first Zemke would have the advantage, then the German, and then Benoit would adroitly drive the Bf 109 off until the enemy fighter made a move which brought him onto the wingman's tail. Zemke cut him off, at which point the enemy pilot 78 more aggressive. Allied ground forces were rapidly approaching German soil in the west, and the enemy seemed virtuaJly powerless to react to these territorial gains either from the air or on the ground. c (/) -l :t> early on in its career when Tipps' Z roommate Lt George Gleason was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 19 October G) 1944 while flying it.
I then closed to within 100 yards on another one, throttled back and gave him the business. [ saw many strikes at the wing roots and in the fuselage. Smoke began pouri ng out of the rear of the fuselage, after wh ich he slowly turned over and went down at least 8000 ft, still smoking furiously. [lost sight of him at that point because J had begun to concentrate on the next one. I closed on him and gave him about a five-second burst, knocking his aileron off, after which my wingman, Lt Dunn, neatly polished him off.