By Roger A. Freeman
One of many first Thunderbolt teams to determine motion within the eu Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the U.S. military Air Forces, the 56th Fighter team (FG) was once additionally the single fighter unit in the 8th Air strength to stay outfitted with the strong P-47 till war’s finish. Led by way of the inspirational ‘Hub’ Zemke, this team used to be liable for devising a few of the bomber escort strategies hired through VIII Fighter Command among 1943 and 1945. by way of VE-Day the 56th FG had shot down a hundred extra enemy plane than the other workforce within the 8th Air strength, its pilots being credited with 677 kills in the course of 447 missions. The exploits of this elite fighter unit are designated during this quantity including images, their plane profiles and insignia.
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He repeated with another left climbing turn. I overshot again and the same thing followed. The third time I made up my mind I wouldn't lose him, so as he pulled up I fired. The first tracers went over his right wing. I skidded my nose over and strikes appeared all over. I slid alongside and saw fire break out. ' O'Brien, meanwhile, had spotted a Bf 109 chasing a P-51. He fired a 90-degree deflection shot to persuade the German pilot to break off his attack, before manoeuvring behind the enemy fighter.
His Mustang was settling fast, so he pushed the throttle forwards and tried to go around, but his engine simply coughed. It was only then that Pugh remembered leaving his mixture in lean so as to conserve fuel, and this meant that the engine lacked the power to pull away. He shoved the mixture lever to 'rich' just in time to clear a group of women and their threshing machine. Years later, Pugh said he could still remember the looks on the women's faces as he roared overhead at just 30 ft. At Piryatin the group awaited its groundcrew, but none of them ever made it to the base from Poltava.
Only one German fighter was able to fire, albeit an inaccurate burst. After the initial gaggle went past, Maj John Storch spotted four Bf 109s about a mile behind the others and he turned Red Flight into them. He reported later; 'When we got within range they broke left and went into a turning circle. We turned three or four times with them and they began to break up. I followed one of them, firing, but I do not believe I got any strikes as he was taking evasive action and I was shooting poorly.
56th Fighter Group (Osprey Aviation Elite, Volume 2) by Roger A. Freeman