By William N Hess, Chris Davey
The forty ninth FG was once despatched to Australia in early 1942 to aid stem the tide of eastern conquest in Java. Too overdue to avoid wasting the island, the gang went into motion within the defence of Darwin, Australia, the place the Forty-NinersвЂ™ handful of P-40E Warhawks have been thrown into strive against along survivors from the defeated forces that had fled from the Philippines and Java. This booklet assesses the exceptional functionality of the forty ninth FG, pitted opposed to improved jap forces. by means of VJ-Day the gang had scored 668 aerial victories and gained 3 unusual Unit Citations and ten crusade stars for its awesome efforts.
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Six more bombed a pair of bridges, damaging borh of rhem. In rhe process, as rhe 334rh FS peeled off ro arrack rhe larrer rargers, 2Lr James Scorr collided wirh rhe P-5! Lr Eacorr Allen and losr rhe rail off his P-51 B ar 2500 fc corr was killed, bur Allen successfully evaded and evenrually rerurned ro England. The inrerdicrion missions in suppon of rhe invasion conrinued on 10 June. A Ramrod Area Suppon mission by rhe 334rh FS (led by Lr 01 Clark) ro Morlaix airfield was followed by some rrain srraflng.
5 fighrers were desrroyed, falling ro ILr James Scorr, rlofer, Jones, Lajeunesse and Sharp. Unforrunarely, ILr Mark Kolrer was ki lied in mysrerious circumsrances. He was heard calling for a hom ing, bu r he never responded. Kolrer perished when his P-5] B crashed. AJso losr during rhe mission were Capr Willard Millikan and ILr Sam Young, who collided while dodging flak. Borh men baled our and became PoWs. Poor wearher made rhe escorr mission on 3] Maya somewhar confused affair, so 2Lr Hofer broke off on his own and joined up wirh rhe 357rh FG.
On ]3 April, Col Blakeslee led a Target Wirlldrawal Support mis ion to chweinFurt that lasted five hours. The bombers were already oming under attack when the P-51 s reached the rendezvous point south ofAschaFFenburg, and the 4th was immediately engaged by a group oF20 Fw 190s. Wear on the tail of 1Lt Bob Hills' P-51B 43-6717 is clearly evident. Assigned to the 4th FG in May 1944, this aircraft was eventually withdrawn from use three months later after suffering irreparable battle damage. The previous month, Hills had been named D Flight commander.