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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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Jack Alan Fisk was born in 1918, and called Peoria, Illinois home when he joined the Army Air Forces for pilot training. He received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant with Class 43-D at Williams Field, Arizona on 12 April 1943. Initially assigned to the 329th Fighter Group, on 16 July 1943 he was sent to the Pacific Theater and assigned to the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group.
In August 1943 the Group moved from Australia to New Guinea and received a Distinguished Unit Citation for missions supporting B-26s attacking Wewak. They received a second DUC for intercepting and destroying many of the aircraft the Japanese sent against American shipping in Oro Bay on 15 and 17 October. On the latter date, flying a P-38H out of Dobodura, Lieutenant Fisk scored his first aerial victory, downing two Zekes east of Cape Ward Hunt. A week later he shot down another Zeke over Rabaul and on 9 November destroyed a Hamp just offshore from Alexishafen.
In October 1944 the 475th moved to the Philippines and engaged in the first stages of the Allied campaign to retake the Philippines. Promoted to captain, Fisk resumed his scoring in December, shooting down a Jack five miles south of Hagdanan Peak and 15 minutes later destroying a Zeke 552 three miles south of San Jose. He was credited with a Tojo downed near the southeast end of the No. 5 runway at Clark Field on 26 December to complete his combat tour.
Returning to the States in January 1945, Fisk died in November 1948.
Tally Record:7 Confirmed
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf ClusterAir Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
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