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Captain Verne Hooker of the 479th Fighter Group with his P-51 Mustang. Handwritten caption on reverse: '44-14417? Capt Verne E. Hooker 479 F.G. Shot down ME262 7 Apr 1945. Kent Miller Photo.'



  • 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....


  • Verne Hooker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot / Ops Officer
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 2 x tours. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 44-14417

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:22:27 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection