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  • 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


  • Leland Horne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Biography - Kent was born in Almo, Idaho. He was the last and 8th child of John T and Roxie Jane Horne. He was a young man with hopes and dreams which just lasted 23 short years. ...

  • Stephen Zuchowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group


  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 19 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 01:54:01 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and place associations

"The 479th Fighter Group in World War II" - Terry Fairfield
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:02 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 5968 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database