479th Fighter Group: Riddle's Raiders [NOOK Book]

Overview

Formed in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed an impressive history against the Luftwaffe during the final year of the war. Originally flying P-38s, the 479th’s pilots had a fierce pride of arms. They earned a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation in the late summer of 1944 and were also credited with the USAAF’s first German jet kill in July 1944. Eventually transitioning to the P-51D in September 1944, the 479th excelled with the Mustang. The 479th FG was credited with scoring the last aerial victory claimed ...
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479th Fighter Group: Riddle's Raiders

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Overview

Formed in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed an impressive history against the Luftwaffe during the final year of the war. Originally flying P-38s, the 479th’s pilots had a fierce pride of arms. They earned a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation in the late summer of 1944 and were also credited with the USAAF’s first German jet kill in July 1944. Eventually transitioning to the P-51D in September 1944, the 479th excelled with the Mustang. The 479th FG was credited with scoring the last aerial victory claimed by the Eighth Air Force’s VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. By VE-Day, 29 pilots flying in the group had earned “ace” status.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472802064
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Series: Aviation Elite Units
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 870,038
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

John Stanaway has written two best-selling volumes in the Aces series both covering the exploits of the greatest Pacific fighter of them all, the P-38 Lightning. He is also an official historian of the National P-38 Pilots' Association.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter One Training and Deployment 7

Chapter Two Into the Fight 11

Chapter Three Distinguished Unit Citation 28

Chapter Four P-38 Versus P-51 63

Chapter Five Mustangs to the Fore! 73

Chapter Six Victory 95

Appendices 121

Colour Plates Commentary 124

Bibliography 127

Index 128

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