By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent background opposed to the Luftwaffe throughout the ultimate 12 months of the conflict. initially flying P-38s, the 479ths pilots had a fierce delight of fingers. They earned a Presidential exotic 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. ultimately 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 staff had earned ace prestige.
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The 435th would claim five kills in total during this mission. The 436th FS gOt just one victory - an Fw 190 shared between Lts Thomas Myers and Peter Vasseur. The latter pilot had become separated from his flight during the engagement, and prudently decided to return home rather than remain on his own in enemy skies. At noon, as he headed west past Osnabruck, Vasseur encountered an Me 262 jet fighter emerging from cloud cover at an altitude of 16,000 ft. An addendum to the squadron's mission report describes this encounter; 'Our ship was returning home alone at 20,000 ft.
In a further test, the twO paired off at the same altitude and arranged a sprint to see which rype was quicker off the mark. Tucker in his P-38 poured in full throttle at once and easily and steadily out-distanced the chagrined Mustang pi lor. Afterwards, Creighton admitted that the P-38 was better across a wide range of flight characteristics, but he still maintai ned that he could fly the panrs offT ucker if they were both in P-51 Sl This fly-off was, of course, flown at the Lightning's favoured operational ceiling below 25,000 fr.