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Fourth but First!
This page is dedicated to the men and machines of the 4th Fighter Group of World War II. Their combat record is unmatched by any USAAF or USAF unit before or since. We, who are the beneficiaries of their legacy, can only stand in awe at the courage and devotion to duty that they displayed.

THE REAL 4TH FIGHTER GROUP OF WWII

THE PILOTS

Headquarters 334th 335th 336th

GROUND PERSONNEL

Headquarters 334 335 336

SUPPORT SQUADRONS

18th Weather Squadron
128th Army Postal Unit
438th Air Service Group
688th Air Materiel Squadron
864th Air Engineering Squadron

A Tribute to the men who kept them in the air.

SPECIAL TREAT! The Nose Art of Don Allen

THE PLANES

INCLUDES THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF COLOR REPRESENTATIONS OF P-51 MUSTANGS FROM A SINGLE FIGHTER GROUP IN EXISTENCE!!

Mustangs of the real 4th Fighter Group. BACK UP!!

Images of the following planes are used with permission from Osprey Publishing Ltd. from their book "Aces 1: Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force" and are copyrighted by them and the artists who created them Chris Davey, John Weal, Iain Wyllie and Mike Chappell:

  • Duane Beeson - "Bee"
  • Louis Norley - "Red Dog XII"
  • Ralph Hofer - "Salem Representative"
  • Nicholas Megura - "Ill Wind"
  • Pierce McKennon - "Ridge Runner III"
  • Willard Millikan - "Missouri Mauler"
  • Fred Glover - Helmeted Eagle
  • Don Gentile - "Shangri-La"

Number of Mustangs modeled to date: "114"!!!

Thunderbolts of the real 4th Fighter Group.

Number of Thunderbolts modeled to date: 6

The Rocky Gooch collection of 4th FG art

Artwork of the 4th FG

AMAZING OFFER! Jim Goodson has made available prints that show him in action in WWII. Find out more here.

Today's P-51's in 4th FG paint schemes!

INFORMATION

Day by day, significant events in the history of the 4th.

Victories of the 4th Fighter Group.

1000 Destroyed: The Life and Times of the 4th Fighter Group. THE BOOK ONLINE!

THE ORIGINAL DISNEY ARTWORK FOR THE 4TH FIGHTER GROUP LOGO
Image courtesy of Donald F. Pierini

MISCELLANEOUS

Pictures from the 4th FG Reunion in Knoxville, TN June 17-21, 1999

Jim Ayers' leather squadron patch

One Last Pony Ride. Don Pierini and Joe Joiner fly again!

Picture of an Eagle Squadron Hurricane with our favorite boxing eagle on the nose at the Imperial War Museum.
Photo courtesy of Roy McMillion

Microsoft gets it right! The cover of their new Combat Flight Simulator
Note: Even though the cover shows Pierce McKennon's "Ridge Runner III", the P-51 in the game is modeled after the 55th FG

Icons of WWII airplanes for your Windows desktop

A TRIBUTE

A tribute to those that are no longer with us.

The 4th FG plaque at the Debden Airdrome.

THE 4TH FIGHTER GROUP ASSOCIATION

4th Fighter Group Association reunion: Knoxville, TN 1999 pictures

IN THEIR OWN WORDS!(Stories from veterans of the 4th)

Wingman by John Godfrey

Blakeslee Speaks! Quotes by Col. Don Blakeslee from the 4th FG Reunion June 17-21, 1999

THE VIRTUAL 4TH MEETS THE REAL 4TH!

The WarBirds 4th Fighter Group meets veterans from the real 4th Fighter Group at the WarBirds Convention in Dallas, Texas. August 13-16, 1998.


BOOKS ABOUT THE 4TH

"Donald's Story" by Sandra Merrill. An excellent account of Captain Emerson's life as told by his niece. Includes many photos and stories of a 4th Fighter Group ace.

"Escort to Berlin" by Garry Fry and Jeff Ethell. A comprehensive history of the 4th. Includes many facts and figures. Out of print

"1,000 Destroyed: The Life and Times of the 4th Fighter Group" by Grover Cleveland Hall. An excellent recap of life in the 4th with lots of stories. Out of print

"Wingman" by Frank Speer. A story of the 4th by one who lived it. Out of print

"Debden Eagles: The 4th Fighter Group in World War II" by Garry Fry. Lots and Lots of pictures of the 4th. Out of print

"The Look of Eagles" by John Godfrey. Out of print

"Tumult in the Clouds" by Jim Goodson. Out of print

"Spitfires, Thunderbolts, and Warm Beer" by Philip Caine. The story of LeRoy Gover

"The Debden Warbirds: The Fourth Fighter Group in World War II" by Frank Speer


LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 4TH

For some wonderful artwork of 4th FG airplanes as well as others, visit The Warbirds Resource Group. They have artwork of airplanes for all the major combatants of WWII.

Information about Pierce McKennon can be found on Jim Garrett's pages. The virtual 4th Fighter Group's own Ridge Runner.

A list of all the 4th's aircraft, as well as other groups, can be found at the Little Friends home page

Fighter Ace's No.71 Eagle Squadron

For some excellent P-51 photos and information:

  • Jim Garrett's pages have some of the best information on the P-51 with a lot of emphasis on the 4th.
  • The Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas has a P-51 modeled after Col. Don Blakeslee's WD-C. A wonderful museum with some rare WWII planes, almost all of which are maintained in flyable condition. If you're in the Dallas area, well worth the trip.
  • For more Mustangs than you thought were possible, Mustangs, Mustangs is the place to go.
  • 352nd Fighter Group's official website is a great place to learn about the P-51 as well as the 352nd Fighter Group.
  • Official site for the 31st Fighter Group

Today's decendents of the 4th Fighter Group. The 4th Fighter Wing's homepage.

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