More than a half a century after the close of hostilities of World War II, the 475th Fighter Group (Satan's Angels) has established a permanent home for the artifacts, photographs, records and memories of the U.S. Army Air Force unit that accounted for the 562 victories, two Presidential Unit Citations, and produced 42 "Aces" in the South Pacific combat area. It was unique in that it was the first all Lockheed P-38 group and was formed overseas in Australia.
This new museum, legally known as The 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation, Inc., was housed in a modern steel building reminiscent of those used by the Armed Forces during World War II. It was dedicated on October, 1997, at the expanding March Field Museum complex located at the former March Air Force Base near Riverside, California where the first test fight of the P-38 took place. The March Field Museum chronicles the history of U.S. military aviation from World War I in 1917 to the present.
Over the past nineteen years, many people have donated time, skills and memorabilia in order to preserve the history and proud heritage of many valiant men of the 475th and these efforts have culminated in a 1250 square foot building.
In 2005 the decision was made to again move the museum and become part of The Air Museum Planes of Fame at the Chino Airport, Chino, California. We are now housed in a new 3,600 sq. ft. hanger at Planes of Fame, that is the new home of the 475th, pictured above. The group’s very own P-38 Lightning, the "23 Ski-doo" is housed in the hangar, along with memorabilia from the group’s veteran members.
The Group leadership is now embarking on a major fund raising effort to establish an endowment fund that will support continued operation, maintenance and improvement of the museum and web site.