By Chris Bucholtz
The 357th Fighter crew produced forty two aces, greater than the other staff in the USAAF. It was once additionally the 1st workforce within the 8th Air strength to be built with the P-51. because of this fighter and the gifted pilots assigned to the crowd (men corresponding to Bud Anderson, equipment Carson, John England and Chuck Yeager) the 357th accomplished a speedier expense of aerial victories than the other 8th Air strength staff through the ultimate 12 months of the battle. It additionally claimed the top variety of aerial kills - fifty six - in one undertaking. the gang was once offered distinctive Unit Citations (the unit similar of the Medal of Honor). Written by way of Chris Bucholtz, this publication is filled choked with first-hand money owed, very good images and a few of the main colourful profiles to be present in global warfare II aviation.
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Capt 'Bud' Anderson headed up White Flight, and as they raced for the front of the formation, 'my No 3 called in four bandits coming in on us at "four o'clock'" he confirmed. 'We broke into them and they pulled up and circled, trying to get at us. With full throttle and RPM, I was able to close around and climb on them. ' Simpson caught his quarry at 30,000 ft, and after hitting him with two bursts he saw the pilot bail out. Meanwhile, Anderson pursued the other three fighters; 'I closed slowly on No 3 and waited until I was in close, and dead astern, then fired a good burst, getting hits all over.
Maj Ed Hiro, flying the final scheduled mission of his tour, dived into a swirling Lufbery of 25 aircraft. A Bf 109 broke from the circle, Capt Don Bochkay leads the 363rd FS escort in company with B-24J Liberator 44-40437 HAIRLESS JOE of the 493rd BG's 861st BS over England in the early autumn of 1944. Bochkay is flying his assigned aircraft, P-51D-5 44-13681. This machine was later transferred to Lt Michael Emery, who crashlanded it at Leiston on 31 December 1944 (Olmsted via Roeder) Maj Ed Hiro was shot down and killed on 19 September 1944.
O'Brien used this fighter to claim most of his seven victories. Two of the ace's successes were shared victories, but they have been marked on the aircraft as full kills. 43-6787 was passed on to Lt James Kenney after O'Brien returned home in August 1944, and it remained in service with the group until February 1945 (Olmsted via Roeder) Fighters from the 362nd FS taxi over the prepared runways at Leiston at the start of the unit's mission to Russia on 6 August 1944. , which displays his full scoreboard of seven kills.
Mustang Aces of the 357th Fighter Group by Chris Bucholtz