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 through the ultimate yr of the battle. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce satisfaction of palms. They earned a Presidential uncommon Unit quotation within the overdue 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 used to be credited with scoring the final aerial victory claimed through the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by means of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the workforce had earned ace prestige.

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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. A further degradation in the concenrration of fire occurred when the pilot of a single-engined attacking aircraft, who was having ro deal with engine prop torque, failed to account for a change in his indicated air speed. This caused the ball in his rurn and bank indicaror to show either a slip or a skid.

There was no pondering how far the ground lay below. That same life stream was ahead of reason, and had an aching right hand rowards the parachute D-ring on my chest, and the lefr hand there ro grasp when the right didn't make ir. A flip and a violent jolr. Momentarily dazed, I slumped in the harness, then realised the 'chure had opened. Now a feeling of blessed relief flooded through me. ' But the demise of Zemke and his Mustang was not the end of the incident for the 479th. Lt 01 James Herren (in P-51 D 44-14396) was leading' ewcross Red' Flight behind Zemke's formation, and he had tried ro follow when 'White' Flight arrempred ro climb over the fronr.

58 -r' 32 36 P-51D-20 44-63192 of Lt Arlett G Mosier, 436th FS, Wattisham, January 1945 P-51D-20 44-73138 of Capt Vern E Hooker, 435th FS, Wattisham, April 1945 59 UNIT HERALDRY 60 1 4 479th FG 435th FS 2 3 434th FS (early version) 5 434th FS (late version) 436th FS 61 479th FG P-38J INNER TAIL AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION LEITERS 62 1 2 3 P-38J-10 42-67973 P-38J-10 (serial unkown) P-38J-1042-68029 4 5 6 P-38J-15 43-28714 P-38J-25 44-23656 P-38J-15 43-28476 7 8 9 P-38J-15 43-28823 P-38J-1542-104425 P-38J-25 44-23663 10 11 12 P-38J-1543-28529 P-38J-1543-28474 P-38J-1543-28376 P-38 VERSUS P-51 F ew would dispute that in aerial combat me Merlin-engined North American P-51 Mustang was the dominant US single-engined fighter ofWorld War 2.

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