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The new 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation museum is now located at the Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport in Chino, California. The stories and memorabilia of this highly decorated group, which flew the P-38 in combat, are now permanently housed in a new display hangar constructed entirely by the members of the 475th. The 475th Fighter Group hangar was donated to Planes of Fame Air Museum in October, 2009, and becomes the new home of the Museum’s Lockheed P-38 Lightning. If you haven’t been to Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA recently, make sure you stop to see this great new addition to the Museum.
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Thanks to author Ronald W. Yoshino's family for granting the 475th FGHF permission to share his book "Lightning Strikes", which includes the 475th FG’s involvement in the WWII Pacific Theater. Lightning Strikes will be shared via monthly installments of each chapter that will be uploaded to the website for reading.
Click To Read New Lightning Strikes Chapter: Chapter Seven: "I Have Returned" : Leyte to Lingayan, August-December 1944
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Calvin Charles "Cal" Wire, born on 15 April 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. After the bombing of Peal Harbor and the declaration of war by the U.S., he requested and was granted a transfer to the U.S. Army Air Forces. He graduated from flight training at Williams Field, Arizona on 6 February 1943 and trained on P-38s at Muroc and Santa Ana, California.
On 9 July 1943 Lieutenant Wire joined the newly formed 475th Fighter Group in Brisbane, Australia and was assigned to the 433rd Fighter Squadron. On 2 September he flew his first combat mission in the New Guinea area escorting B-24 bombers. Over Wewak, Wire's Lightning was cut off from the squadron by four Zekes. In the ensuing melee, he shot down one, damaged another and was credited with a third as a probable.
Again over Wewak, on 26 September he shot down two Hamps, and on 24 October he added to his score with two Zekes over Rabaul. Promoted to major in 1944, Wire took command of the 433 Fighter Squadron at Biak, New Guinea and participated in the invasion and retaking of the Philippine Islands. He completed his scoring with the destruction of two Oscars in the Philippines on 19 November 1944 and returned to the United States in July 1945.
Leaving the service following the war, Wire joined the Los Angeles Fire Department and entered the University of California under their auspices. After three years he left the university to work with the State Fire Marshall's Office as a fire protection engineer, remaining there until 1977. He then worked briefly with the San Francisco Fire Department before taking full retirement.
Tally Record:7 Confirmed1 Probable2 Damaged
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf ClustersPurple HeartAir Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
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