4th F.G. Career Skins Set

The 4TH Fighter Group was the only American unit activated in an active combat theater. This took place on 12 September 1942 when the three Eagle Squadrons of the RAF (71, 121 and 133) were officially transferred to the USAAF. Thus the Group had the distinction of being the oldest Group in the Eighth Air Force. The outfit operated from Debden throughout its entire combat career with the Eighth. The first combat mission flown in American colors was on 2 October 1942. The Group entered combat flying the Spitfire but in March 1943 converted to the P-47.

The Jugs had the typically white band theater marking of 24 inch on the cowling, tail and tailplane and OD camouflage.

P-47D-1-RE 42-7890 "Boise Bee" flown by Lt.Duane 'Bee' Beeson (17,333 kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England,January 1944.

This aircraft was responsible for the destruction of no fewer than 11 enemy fighters whilst flown by Duane 'Bee' Beeson, who finished the war as one of the highest scoring VIII Fighter Command pilots with 17.333 kills by April 1944. He transitioned onto the P-51 in late February 1944, taking a tally of 12 kills scored on P-47s with him - Beeson was easily the ranking Thunderbolt ace within the 4th FG.

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In February 1944 4th FG outfit switched mounts to Mustangs. These were finished in the standard overall olive drab (OD) over neutral grey undersurfaces which remained in favour until mid-1944. 12 inch white recognition stripes were also painted across the wings, tailplane, fin and around the nose.

 

P-51B-5-NA 43-6819 "Bee" flown by Lt.Duane 'Bee' Beeson (17,333 kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, March 1944.

All five 'Bee' Beeson's Mustang kills were claimed in this aircraft, and he was also flying it when shot down by flak on 5 April to become a POW.

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In April 1944 on most early camouflaged (and natural metal) Mustangs the 12 inch specified white nose recognition band gave way to Group colours (red for the 'Eagles' of the 4th FG),White stripes were retained on the wings, tail and tailplane, however (black on natural metal aircraft).

 

P-51B-5-NA 43-6636 "Ill Wind" flown by Capt. Nicholas 'the Cowboy' Megura (11.84 air and 3.75 ground kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, April 1944.

The factory camouflaged P-51B flown by Nicholas 'the Cowboy' Megura, who amassed a total of 11.83 air-to-air kills, with another 3.75 by strafing. Megura (by then a Captain) crash-landed in Sweden after being hit in the glycol tank in error by a P-38 on 22 May 1944. He was prohibited from re-entering combat after his repatriation due to the rules of his previous internment. 

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In April 1944 first planes began to fly in silver skin. Some retained wing and upper fuselage OD camouflage, still with white recognition stripes underwing and under the tailplane.

 

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P-51B-15-NA 42-106924 "Salem Representative", flown by Flight Officer Ralph 'Kidd' Hofer (16.5 air and 15 ground kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, April 1944.

A rebellious maverick who habitually flew in a blue and orange college football shirt, the 'Kidd' began his flying career in the RCAF, transferring to the USAAF in June 1943. The 'Salem Representative' was Hofer's third P-51 B, assigned to him in April 1944 - his first two aircraft had been lost while
being flown by other pilots. The aircraft had drab upper surfaces, with a very high demarcation on the fuselage, and a red band across the fin in the same position as the discontinued recognition marking. An ace even before promotion from Flight Officer to Lieutenant, Hofer was killed in action over Yugoslavia on 2 July 1944, shot down by a Bf 109. He was credited with 16.5 enemy aircraft in the air, and destroyed another 15 on the ground, prior to his death.

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In May 1944 the new bubble top version of the mustang began to arrive to Europe. First machines had full OD camouflage with ID band in white on wing and tailplane and 4th FG red nose.

 

P-51D-5-NT 44-11221 "Marjorie" flown by Lt. Paul Burnett, 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, May 1944.

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With the D-Day at 4th FG planes were pain special ID strips (three white and two black) for to avoid friendly fire in continental operations. Them were on top and under wings and on top and under tailplane.

 

P-51B-15-NA 43-24722 "The Deacon", flown by Maj. Howard D.'Deacon'Hively (12 air and 2.5 ground kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, June 1944.

One of the mainstays of the 334th Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, was Maj.Howard Hively, better known as Deacon to all of its members. This native of Ohio served with the squadron from September 17,1942, through the end of January 1945. During his long stay with the 334th he served as its commander on two occasions, June 6,1944 to July 29,1944, and November 1944 to January 25,1945,scored a total of 14.5 (twelve aerial) victories, and on certain occasions, according to Jim Goodson,the Deacon entertained the men with some solemn, but riotously funny "sermons."

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P-51D-5-NT 44-11262, flown by Capt.Spiros Pisanos (10 kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, June 1944.

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In October 1944 the 4th FG changed for second time own marking.
The red band extended to 24 inches. More squadron tail color are present; red for 334th squadron, white with black outline for 335th, Blue for 336th.

 

P-51D-15-NA 44-15326 "Sizzlin Liz" flown by Maj. Gerard Montgomery (12,5 ground kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England,October 1944.

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During December 1944 the 12-inch red nose band used by the 4th FG was extended aft to 24 inches on the upper decking, curving down and aft towards the wingroot. Aircraft had already started to gain more colour from October 1944 onwards,when squadron coloured fin bands or trim tabs were replaced by coloured rudders, with red for the 334th FS, white for the 335th FS and blue for the 336th FS.

 

P-51D-15-NA 44-15347 "The Deacon", flown by Maj. Howard D.'Deacon'Hively (12 air and 2.5 ground kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, January 1945.

Hively's final aerial victory of the war came on December 5, 1944 in this plane, when he led B Group of the 4th on an escort mission to Munster. During the mission B group strafed a number of trains and barges before Hively caught and destroyed an FW 190 northwest of Nordhorn. Hively's stay with the 334th Squadron ended on January 29, 1945, when he was transferred to 4th Fighter Group Headquarters where he remained until end of the war.

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P-51K-5-NT 44-11661 "Iron Ass", flown by Lt.Col. Jack Oberhansly (5 kills), 334th FS/4th FG, Debden/England, March 1945.

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The 4TH was the first Eighth Air Force fighter group to penetrate German air space (28 July 1943) and the combined total of ground and air
victories led all other units in that category. It received the Distinguished Unit Citation for its actions during the period of 5 March to 24 April 1944. In this less than two month period the Group destroyed 189 German planes in the air and 134 on the ground. By the time the 4TH Fighter Group had flown its last mission on 25 April 1945, some 583,5 enemy planes had fallen before its guns in the air and 469 more had
been destroyed on the ground. The Group lost 241 aircraft during its 2 1/2 years of service.


Ref.   # 'Aces of the Eight' by Gene B. Stafford and William N. Hess - Squadron Signal Publications

         # 'Mustang Aces of the Eight Air Force' by Jerry Scutts - Osprey Publishing.

         # 'VIII Fighter Command at War' by Micheael O'Leary - Osprey Publishing.

         # 'P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eight Air Force' by Jerry Scutts - Osprey Publishing.

         # 'P-51 Mustang Aces' by William N. Hess and Thomas G. Ivie - Motorbooks International.

        


 

P-51D-5-NA 44-13303 flown by Major James A. Goodson (15 air and 15 strafing kills),Officer Commanding 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, Debden/England June 1944.


A native of Toronto, Canada, he was a veteran of the service with the RAF. Goodson scored two of his victories while on detached service with the 15th Air Force. His 15 ground victories put him near the top of the strafers. Goodson went down on a strafing mission and was captured on the 20th June 1944. 

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P-51D-25-NA 44-73108 "Red Dog XII" flown by Major Louis 'Red Dog' Norley (11.3 kills),Officer Commanding 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, Debden/England, April 1945.


Althoug a deadly serious professional in the air, Norley was know as something of a prankster on the ground, and fanatic for red-dog poker, which provided his nickname.

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