Thursday, August 2, 2018
Fourth Mission of the Day-- Part 3: The New American Fourth Fighter Group
As commander of the newly formed American Fourth Fighter Group, consisting mostly of former members of the Eagle Squadron, Colonel Blakeslee led three squadrons of 16 single-seat, single-engine P-51 Mustangs. Each Mustang was equipped with six machine guns mounted in the wings and sighted so that the bullet streams could converge on the Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulf fighters that were trying to shoot down Allied bombers.
The Fourth Fighter Group made many significant achievements. On march 6, 1944, they became the first to fly above the fleet of B-17s and B-24s as they each dropped up to 4,000 pounds of bombs on Berlin. And, on April 8, , 1944, they set a record for the European Theater, shooting down 31 planes ion one day.