American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas PDF

By Andrew Thomas

ISBN-10: 1846032024

ISBN-13: 9781846032028

The 1st few American volunteers in international struggle 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF in the course of the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, usually posing as 'Canadians', finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce scuffling with acceptance. whilst the us entered the conflict its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. realize the reviews of a number of American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand money owed, interviews and wrestle studies, in an exciting learn that transports the reader from the conflict of england to the deserts of North Africa and fort Europe itself.

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I saw tracers going by my head and the 190 went past just over my left wing, and close enough for me to see the colour of the pilot's eyes, if that had been of interest to me. ' Others engaged the escorts, among them Capt Jimmie Peck, who shot down an Fw 190 for his fifth victory, thus becoming the first USAAF pilot to 'make ace' whilst flying a Spitfire. Soon afterwards, Maj Robert Levine's 4th FS replaced the squadron at Bone, with the 2nd FS moving to Biskra. To its intense frustration, the 5th FS, meanwhile, had moved to the relative backwater of Maison Blanche to provide aerial cover for the port ofAlgiers.

Around 0730 hrs, the pair intercepted three more transports low over the sea near the Lipari Islands, and in a one-sided fight all three J u 52/3ms were claimed destroyed, two of them by Lynch. 313 over Axis shipping near Cap Milazzo. Initially attacking head-on, and then from astern, his fire hit the bomber hard, causing pieces to fly off before a fire broke out and it dived into the sea. Then, just after 0530 hrs on 28 April, Lynch found more success on another sweep off the Sicilian coast in what was becoming a personal vendetta against the enemy's air transport fleet.

5 victories (via Brian cum 46 Vineyard made his only claim with the RAF a week later when he damaged a Bf 109. Shortly after Vineyard's brush with death, one ofthe greatest American exponents of the Spitfire joined No 185 Sqn when Sgt Claude Weaver from Oklahoma City arrived just as the intensity of the air fighting reached its peak, and the privations on Malta increased. On 15 July, 31 Spitfires were flown off HMS Eagle, with two of them being piloted by Americans Sgts V H Wynn and J L Lowry (both NCOs in the RCAF).

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