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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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Born in Pomona, California on 11 September 1916, Vincent Thomas Elliott joined the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet in 1942. Graduating with Class 43-D at Williams Field, Arizona on 12 April 1943, he was assigned to the 329th Fighter Group at Glendale, California for P-38 training. On 10 July he was transferred to the 475th Fighter Group, then being formed at Ipswich, Australia.
Flying with the 431st Fighter Squadron out of Dobodura, New Guinea, Lieutenant Elliott scored his first aerial victory on 13 September 1943, downing a Zeke near Wewak. He destroyed a Val over Oro Bay on 15 October and two days later was credited with a Zeke shot down near Buna Bay. He became an ace on 23 October when he downed a Zeke and a Hamp in an attack on Rabaul. He completed his scoring on 26 December with another double, a Zeke and an Oscar shot down over Cape Gloucester, New Britain while covering the first Allied invasion of that area.
After logging 118 combat missions, Elliott returned to the States. He separated from the service following the war and died in Burbank, California on 19 April 1986
Tally Record:7 Confirmed1 Damaged
Decorations:Silver StarDistinguished Flying CrossAir Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
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