By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a powerful heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe in the course of the ultimate yr of the struggle. initially flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce delight of fingers. They earned a Presidential unique Unit quotation within the past due summer time of 1944 and have been additionally credited with the USAAF's 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 via the 8th Air Force's VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by means of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the team had earned ace prestige.
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This lirrle beauty had prop wrque a-plenty, and we quickly found ir necessary w conven our S[J'ong righr arms w S[J'ong righr legs. Ir also wok a bir of self-hypnosis w ignore rhe peculiar sounds rhe Merlin engine always made rhe momenr you flew over any S[J'erch of warer. Bur rhe joy offlying rhar absolurely fabulous machine far our-marched any of irs annoying lirrle habirs. 'Ar lasr we sar in comforr, plenty of room for legs, arms, shoulders and head, ample hear ar any alrirude, fan rasric pi lor visibil ity all arou nd (excepr over rhe nose, of course, and who cared whar was in fronr) and a range capability we hadn'r dreamed of.
Zemke wrote about his final mission in The Hub - Fighter Leadel~ 'After rerurning from a weekend on leave in London, my bags were packed and made ready for my deparrure from Warrisham. However, that morning, the 30rh, a Field Order came through for an escort for bombers Groundcrewmen pause for a photograph while servicing P-51D 44-11214 TOMMY TROJAN, assigned to Lt Ronald Maley. This aircraft was one of four Mustangs lost by the 479th FG on 5 December 1944, Maley falling victim to flak near Scharfenberg.
He perished in the subsequent crash. Two days later, 435th pilots Lt Heinz Detlefson (in P-51D 44-14294) and Lt Thomas V mith (in P-51 D 44-14589) collided near Minden. The latter tOok to his parachute and became a PoW, but Detlefson, who had been with the 479th since its arrival in the UK, was killed. U u... U l- n.. « ::I: u Lt Verne Hooker's 435th FS P-51D 44-14827 departs Wattisham on a long-range mission with full external tanks (Tabatt coflectionl Lt George Hendrix poses for a portrait towards the end of his tour, which ran from the beginning of the 479th FG's operations in May 1944 until his repatriation six months later.