By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe throughout the ultimate 12 months of the struggle. initially flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce delight of fingers. They earned a Presidential special Unit quotation within the past due summer season of 1944 and have been additionally credited with the USAAF's 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 by way of the 8th Air Force's VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. via VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the workforce had earned ace prestige.
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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.
Tucker in his P-38 poured in full throttle at once and easily and steadily out-distanced the chagrined Mustang pi lor. Afterwards, Creighton admitted that the P-38 was better across a wide range of flight characteristics, but he still maintai ned that he could fly the panrs offT ucker if they were both in P-51 Sl This fly-off was, of course, flown at the Lightning's favoured operational ceiling below 25,000 fr. Above that altitude, the P-38 was always plagued by mechanical difficulties and an unfavourable power-toweight ratio that got significantly worse beyond 31,000 fr.
German records state that five pilots from JG 26 were reported killed or wounded in the Osnabruck area. lJG 26 took to his parachute, and he may have been the individual shot down by GrasshoFf. There were more victories on 5 December, when VlIJ Fighter ommand's tally exceeded 100 confirmed claims once more. 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.