By John Stanaway

Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent background opposed to the Luftwaffe through the ultimate yr of the battle. initially flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce delight of palms. They earned a Presidential exotic Unit quotation within the overdue summer time 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 team had earned ace prestige.

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The' 190 broke left and down. J pulled up to the lefi: and saw the pilot bail out. I was going to take a picture of the pilot when a '190 came at me from a 90-degree angle. Having no ammunition, I pulled to a head-on attack and he didn't waste any time in s: c C/l -I » z Gl C/l -I o -I I m o" :0 m Maj Jules Biscayart of the 436th FS claimed two aerial victories over Fw 190s on 28 September 1944 during the very last aerial engagement fought by P-38s assigned to the Eighth Air Force. These were Biscayart's only kills (via Blakel Fellow 436th FS pilot Lt Donald Dunn went one better than Biscayart during the legendary 28 September clash, downing three Fw 190s.

Was a little above him, so [ "gaggle". They looked more like a Oock of birds than a fighter formation. l observed many strikes in the cockpit, and as he continued his turn, the strikes moved down to the tail, parts of which I saw Oy off. ' slightly below, the B-1 7s and B-24s at a slow closing speed and lined up dead astern, pitting their massed firepower against that of the bombers from a deadly no-deOection firing position. 'When we rendezvoused with the bombers west of Magdeburg, they were already coming under this kind of attack.

Anorher unappreciared P-38 fearure menrioned by Olds was irs suscepribility w compressibililY, which severely resrricred irs performance when in a dive. There is no evidence w suggesr rhar rhe 479rh FG ever received rhe P-38J-25 subtype - a model repured w be rhe fasresr version of rhe Lighming w reach series producrion, and rhe one wirh the besr dive performance thanks w rhe insrallarion of a new flap under the ourer wIng sec[lons. Lockheed claimed rhar only rhe rocket-powered Me 163 could our-dive rhe P-38J-25.

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