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P-51B 43-6865 J2-Q_ converted to a two seater. This a/c gave good value for the dollars spent on its purchase. It came to the 479th via the 20th FG where, as KI-Q it served as a war-weary hack and had previously seen operational service with the 352nd FG as PZ-X and PZ-M_ . Note the unusual presentation of the serial number on this one where the "4" of the "43" fiscal year denominator is shown.



  • 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


  • 43-6865 'Smoky Joe'

    P-51 Mustang
    This aircraft was initially assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Trasnferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. ...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
10 July 2018 17:25:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations