By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe in the course of the ultimate yr of the battle. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce delight of hands. They earned a Presidential wonderful Unit quotation within the past due summer time of 1944 and have been additionally credited with the USAAFs first German jet kill in July 1944. finally transitioning to the P-51D in September 1944, the 479th excelled with the Mustang. The 479th FG was once credited with scoring the final aerial victory claimed by means of the 8th Air Forces VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. through VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the team had earned ace prestige.
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I observed a number ofstrike, and flames began to > u... J I0.. « pour out of the aircraft. ' ::r: u Jeffrey fired his remaining ammunition at a fourth Focke-Wulffighter, and saw strikes before his guns fell silent. The German pilot threw his machine around in a series offrantic manoeuvres aimed at shaking offhis pursuer, but Jeffrey sruck to his tail in the hope offrightening his clearly rattled opponent into abandoning his aircraft. However, theJagdflieger finally made good his escape by flying into a bank of cloud.
Being alone, our aircraft did not pursue. The successes enjoyed by the group on 5 December came at a price, however, for the 479th lost four Mustangs during the course of the mission.
Hitler was reportedly told by Reichmarshall Hermann Goring at this time that more Allied bombers were being claimed by flak gunners than by Luftwaffe interceptors. The superb 88 mm anti-aircraft gun was reputedly accurate up to an aJtitude of 24,000 ft, while the heavier, but less numerous, 125 mm gun could supposedly target bombers cruising at ceilings up to 30,000 ft. By this time the impatient FLihrer was more interested in his V2 rocket programme that he believed would punish the Allies, rather than in finding an efficient counter to growing air raids on must have decided that he had had enough of this game for he broke away and headed for the cloud deck.