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Headquarters (479th Fighter Group)



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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....

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Based Wattisham



  • John Glover

    Military | Captain | 479th Fighter Group

  • Robert Green

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    On 4 Jul 44 crashed near Laval. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • John Harrell

    Military | Captain | 479th Fighter Group

  • James Hollingsworth

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 479th Fighter Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Bonn in P-51 44-14892

  • Arthur Jeffrey

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group

  • Joseph Knofczynski

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 479th Fighter Group

  • Albert Parsons

    Military | Captain | 479th Fighter Group

  • 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...

  • Frederick Shriner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 479th Fighter Group

  • Richard Simpson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 479th Fighter Group

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  • 43-28467

    P-38 Lightning

  • 44-14351

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal A/C of Col Hubert Zemke. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hamburg structural failure in heavy weather crashed vicinity of Celle, Germany. Pilot Col Hubert Zemke...

  • 44-23171

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-38 Serial 44-23171 had no known nickname. Assigned to Headquarters 479th Fighter Group at Wattisham, it was the regular Lightning flown by Lt. Colonel Kyle L. Riddle, CO of the Group. It was lost on the 10 August 1944 mission to strafe the Meaux...




Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)