By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a powerful historical past opposed to the Luftwaffe through the ultimate 12 months of the warfare. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce delight of hands. They earned a Presidential individual 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 via the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by means of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the staff had earned ace prestige.
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Almost at once [ picked up twO Fw 190s tooging around rather aimlessly, evidently trying to find a hole in the overcast, the top of which was at approximately 3000 fr. " a :D m 434th FS co Maj Art Jeffrey took his tally to nine confirmed victories when he downed three Fw 190s on 5 December 1944. By the end of the month he had increased his score to 13 aerial victories, thus making him the 479th FG's leading ace. He is seen here posing with his P-51D 44-14423, in which he claimed five kills (including the three Focke-Wulfs on 5 December) (Tabatt coflectionl Maj Jeffrey pilots P-51D 44-14423 during a training flight in late 1944.
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. Flying west of Chemnitz, he observed some fast-moving singleengined aircraft in tight formation about ten miles away.
Part of the Lightning's trouble in the ETO was that it had fewer champions than in the Pacific. When the P-38 was introduced inro that theatre - and the Mediterranean for that matter - the units receivi ng the ai rcraft were not operati ng in the same kind of pressure cooker atmosphere as that in which Vlli Fighter Command existed in the ETO. The Eighth Air Force's heavy bomber groups were suffering badly at the hands of the Jagdwaffe when P-38s began ro arrive in quantiry in East Anglia in the summer and autumn of 1943.