479th Fighter Group: 'Riddle's Raiders'

479th Fighter Group: 'Riddle's Raiders'

by John Stanaway, Chris Davey
     
 

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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. …  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472802064
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/20/2013
Series:
Aviation Elite Units , #32
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,306,078
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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