By John Stanaway
Shaped in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed a magnificent historical past opposed to the Luftwaffe throughout the ultimate 12 months of the warfare. initially flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce satisfaction of fingers. They earned a Presidential special Unit quotation within the overdue 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 by way of the 8th Air Force's VIII Fighter Command, on 25 April 1945. by means of VE-Day, 29 pilots flying within the workforce had earned ace prestige.
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7. A 435th FS P-51 D is refuelled shortly after the unit converted onto the type in September 1944. 5 with the P-51 (Tabatt collectionI Capt Harold F 'Bud' Grenning of the 434th FS scored three victories in the Lightning - two strafing kills on 18 August and a Bf 109 shot down on 26 September. Sat in the cockpit of his P-51D 44-14393, Grenning served with the 479th from January to November 1944 (Grenning) 71 a: Another 434th FS pilot who heaped praise on the Lightning was Lt Harold F 'Bud' Grenning.