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By Chris Bucholtz

The 357th Fighter crew produced forty two aces, greater than the other team in the USAAF. It was once additionally the 1st workforce within the 8th Air strength to be outfitted with the P-51. due to this fighter and the proficient pilots assigned to the crowd (men resembling Bud Anderson, package Carson, John England and Chuck Yeager) the 357th completed a swifter fee of aerial victories than the other 8th Air strength staff through the ultimate yr of the battle. It additionally claimed the top variety of aerial kills – fifty six – in one undertaking. the crowd was once provided exceptional Unit Citations (the unit similar of the Medal of Honor). Written by way of Chris Bucholtz, this publication is filled choked with first-hand debts, wonderful images and a few of the main colourful profiles to be present in international battle II aviation.

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He 2. five victories during this airplane sooner than it being handed directly to another pilot in July. the subsequent month RAF alternate pilot James Kenney's Little Feetie and, following a floor coincidence, healthy Lt Eric Wooley flew it at the travel project to Russia. it was once switched over right into a two-seater referred to as keen Beaver. On four October the airplane misplaced its tail meeting in the course of a coaching flight, yet its pilot, Lt Richard Potter, controlled to thirteen bail out properly. P-51D-5 44-13318 Frenesi of Lt Col Tommy Hayes, 357th FG, Leiston, overdue July 1944 Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Tommy Hayes was once the P-51D-5 44-13586 Hurry domestic Honey of Capt Richard unique commander of the 364th FS. He introduced event Peterson, 364th FS, Leiston, July 1944 to the hot unit as he had fought the japanese in Java in early On 1 July 1944, 'Pete' Peterson was once flying the second one 1942 until eventually he used to be shot down and wounded. He later claimed Hurry domestic Honey whereas escorting B-17s from the 91st BG. strafing victories in New Guinea after getting better from his in response to a radio operator aboard one of many Flying accidents. This Mustang, Frenesi (pronounced FREN-es-SEE, Fortresses, upon sighting enemy warring parties Peterson radioed, and never unfastened 'n' effortless as a few contend) used to be named after a 'I'll be correct again, fellas - i am gonna move play with those boys'. well known tune identify on the time. 44-13318 used to be the 3rd of 4 the outcome was once Bf 109s destroyed, giving Peterson his such plane assigned to Hayes that carried this identify, and it tenth and eleventh victories. This airplane was once finally handed was once the single D-model Mustang to fly operationally with the directly to Lt Horace Howell and was once re-named Flak chuffed, workforce on D-Day. Hayes claimed 2. five kills within the P-51D-5, sooner than being issued to Lt George Kouris. encouraged by means of his even though it is doubtful whether or not they have been all during this desktop. Greek parentage, the latter nicknamed it Greece Lightning. 44-13318 survived until eventually 15 January 1945, whilst it was once Kouris was once compelled to bail out of 44-13586 on three February 1945 salvaged after affliction harm on 'Big Day'. after ache mechanical failure southwest of Brunswick. He spent the remainder of the conflict as a PoW. 14 P-51D-5 44-13691 ardour WAGON of Lt Arval Roberson, 10 362nd FS, Leiston, September 1944 P-51D-5 44-13517 Sebastian Jr of Capt Robert Becker, Arval Roberson flew his moment ardour WAGON (his first 362nd FS, Leiston, July 1944 was once P-51 B-5 43-6688) at the 19 September 1944 undertaking to Robert Becker scored seven victories and may have hide the Operation industry backyard landings, within which completed an 8th yet for German confusion on 25 July he scored Bf 109 kills and attained ace prestige. 'Although 1944. He was once chasing an Fw a hundred ninety at low altitude over Paris I named it, I advised my mom the group leader had, and he informed during this plane while his sufferer without notice dropped its nostril and his spouse that he had not anything to do with it! ', Roberson later slammed into the floor, the obvious sufferer of 'friendly fire'.

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