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P-51 Mustang



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    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....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron


  • Harlan Leachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 479th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kyle Riddle

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander | 479th Fighter Group
    Born in Decatur, Texas in 1913, Kyle Riddle graduated from Decatur High School in 1931, the Decatur Baptist College in 1933, and the Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University (Texas A&M), College Station, Texas in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army Air...


Date Contributor Update
17 July 2016 10:27:33 Pyker Changes to nicknames

Removed reference to "Slender, Tender and Tall" as this was in error. This a/c was never with 352nd FG.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 13:06:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations, person associations and media associations

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