By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a powerful background opposed to the Luftwaffe in the course of the ultimate yr of the warfare. initially flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce satisfaction of hands. They earned a Presidential special Unit quotation within the overdue summer season 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 through the 8th Air Force's VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. via VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the workforce had earned ace prestige.
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