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 as part of the last group of fighter units to be sent into combat in northern Europe and the Pacific, the 479th FG wrote for itself an impressive history whilst flying against the Luftwaffe from RAF Wattisham in rural Suffolk. Despite the group's P-38s not being highly regarded in the Eighth Air Force due to their unsuitability for

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Formed in October 1943 as part of the last group of fighter units to be sent into combat in northern Europe and the Pacific, the 479th FG wrote for itself an impressive history whilst flying against the Luftwaffe from RAF Wattisham in rural Suffolk. Despite the group's P-38s not being highly regarded in the Eighth Air Force due to their unsuitability for high-altitude combat, the 479th's pilots had a fierce pride of arms. Their fighting spirit, which saw the group destroy hundreds of German aircraft, earned the 479th a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation in the late summer of 1944. The 479th transitioned to the P-51 Mustang in the autumn of 1944, and by VE-Day, some 29 aces had been created by the group, which had claimed more than 430 kills.

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“Author John Stanaway... tells the story of the unit from its formation until the end of the war. There are the usual pilot stories that make these books so interesting to read as well as side looks into the on-going debate as to which was the better aircraft, the Mustang or the Lightning. The results are interesting to say the least. As in other Osprey Aviation Elite Units books, there is a large center section of color profiles and the usual excellent period photographs of the men and their aircraft.It makes for a superb addition to your aviation library and one that I know you will fully enjoy reading.” —Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (August 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846034206
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Series:
Aviation Elite Units Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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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