"Mr. Ahrens is an Andover legend. He served 3 years (1942-1945) in Europe as an Aircraft Mechanic with the USAAF 479th Fighter Group, keeping B-38 Bombers and P-51 Fighters in flying condition. He survived 6 Campaigns during those 3 years, and was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. For his Service to our Nation, SSGT Ahrens was awarded: USAAF Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and WWII Victory Medal."
From : https://www.patriotguard.org/mission/john-f-ahrens-veteran-usa-usaf-wwii/
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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....