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475th Historical Foundation Museum

  • 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation Museum Hanger at Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA
  • 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation Museum Hanger at Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA: 23 Skidoo!
  • 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation Museum Hanger at Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA: 23 Skidoo!
  • 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation Museum Hanger at Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA: Museum Exhibit
  • 475th Fighter Group Museum Exhibit at Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA

The 475th Fighter Group Historical Foundation museum is 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 permanently housed in this 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 is the 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 by soon!

Visit our Chino, CA location. Hours: Sun-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm

"The War In New Guinea" 1943, British newsreel about Australian military operations in the jungles of New Guinea. #WW2

Operation Vengeance: Original Footage of Yamamoto’s Last Flight P-38 Lightning https://youtu.be/39-yZ_2aao0

475th Fighter Group History

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The 475th’s first scheduled mission, an escort of transports to Tsili Tsili on 12 August, was canceled because of bad weather. On the following day, however, the weather cleared sufficiently to allow the unit to escort transports to Bena Bene. The mission was without incident. On 15 August, while the unit was flying patrol, its pilots spotted Japanese planes over Lasanga Island but could not make contact. On the following day, the 431st Squadron, while escorting transports to Tsili Tsili, encountered approximately 25 Japanese bombers and fighters. In the ensuing engagement the squadrons pilots accounted for twelve of the enemy aircraft, while only losing two of their own.

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The Lockheed P-38 Lighting

After some developmental troubles, the P-38 entered US service in 1941 and served in every theater of the war. 2nd Lt. Elza Shahan, flying a P-38F, recorded the first American victory in the European theater of operations when he and a P-40 pilot downed a Focke-Wulf FW-200 near lceland on August 14, 1942.

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