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Jess Utz a ground crewman of a B-24 Liberator with a two seat P-51 Mustang nicknamed "Perigrine Jr" of the 479th Fighter Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Jess Utz by a 2-seat P-51. Jess was a ground crewman with B-24 outfit I sent you fotos of some time back. OC-? Photo A. Frunker. 479th F.G., 8th Air Force.'
The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....
Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Written off 31-Oct-44. Salvaged.
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection