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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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Zach Wesley Dean, born on 23 June 1918 in Altoona, Kansas, joined the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet in early 1942. He graduated and was commissioned 30 October 1942. Initially assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron, he was later transferred to the 432nd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group.
Lieutenant Dean was credited with his first aerial victory on 22 September 1943 when he shot down a Betty and a Zeke 25 miles off Finschafen, He followed this with a Val on 15 October and became an ace nine days later with the destruction of a Zeke and a Hamp over Rabaul. Another double victory on 22 December, two Zekes, completed his scoring.
Remaining in the Air Force following World War II, Zach Dean returned to combat in the Korean War. His tour was short lived, however; he was shot down and captured by the Chinese who kept him prisoner for over two years.
Tally Record:7 Confirmed
Decorations:Silver StarDistinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf ClustersAir Medal with 6 OLCs
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