By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent heritage opposed to the Luftwaffe throughout the ultimate 12 months of the warfare. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce delight of palms. They earned a Presidential wonderful Unit quotation within the past due summer season 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 via the 8th Air Forces 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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Ot immediately sighting any enemy aircraft at my level, I split-essed to around 4000 ft, losing Lt Gail Jacobson, my wingman, while doing so. Almost at once [ picked up twO Fw 190s tooging around rather aimlessly, evidently trying to find a hole in the overcast, the top of which was at approximately 3000 fr. " a :D m 434th FS co Maj Art Jeffrey took his tally to nine confirmed victories when he downed three Fw 190s on 5 December 1944. By the end of the month he had increased his score to 13 aerial victories, thus making him the 479th FG's leading ace.
An order ro tighten the flight formations was given. As soon as my Mustang enrered the mists it began ro bounce like a cork. The rurbulence was violenr. "Highway" ro" ewcross" aircrafr. "Make a 180". We had ro get our, fasr. Starring inro the turn, I suddenly found my aircraft rossed inro a violent spin. Auromatically, my left hand brought the throtrle back as the spin and airspeed built up. Recovery from a spin was not difficult - the joystick moved forward, and with a rapid kickof the rudder in the direction of the rotation, the P-51 responded like the lirrle champion she was.
Above that altitude, the P-38 was always plagued by mechanical difficulties and an unfavourable power-toweight ratio that got significantly worse beyond 31,000 fr. The P-51 had the advantage of a laminar flow wing, which maintained a superior performance over the P-38 wing across a wide alrirude range. The P-47 could challenge the Mustangabove 18,000 ft, while the P-38 could give it 436th FS pilot Lt Gerald Mulvaney stands beside his P-51D 44-14280 BOTTLENECK in the later stages of his combat tour.