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By Andrew Thomas
The japanese military Air Force's invasion of Burma in the course of 1941-42 used to be before everything an immense luck opposed to the RAF who struggled to help the Chindit excursion at the floor. but the coming of the Spitfire used to be to alter the fortunes of the RAF and the end result of the conflict. Proving a tremendous enhance to morale, the Spitfire performed a wide half in defeating the enemy and protecting the following Allied improve via Burma, conserving the floor troops and offering very important provides. the arriving of Spitfire devices at this important time additionally had an instantaneous impact in blunting enemy air raids on Calcutta and alongside the coast of East Bengal, when in Northern Australia, the Spitfire used to be referred to as upon to shield opposed to shock raids via the japanese. masking the little documented aerial conflict over Burma, this publication tells the tales of the fifty four aces who flew opposed to the japanese, and in addition those that fought in India and Australia. Full-color art finds the markings and paint schemes of this most-famous of British planes, while first-hand money owed and archive pictures convey the aerial battles of Burma, India and Australia to existence.
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Fig Off Alan Peart later recalled 'The valley gave me a strong impression of Shangri-La of "Lost Horizon" fame. It was high up in the mountain range separating India from Burma'. The unit found itself back in action once again on the morning of 4 March, when a pair of Spitfires was scrambled. At 27,000 ft, Fit Lt 'Bats' Krohn caught a Ki-46 from the 8th Sentai, flown by Capt Shinji Nanba, and shot it down in flames for his third victory. Also moved north to the Imphal valley was No 136 Sqn, which arrived at Sapam from Rumkha on 4 March and eventually settled in at Wangjing one week later.
There was further action on the 28th when 15 bombers, with a fighter escort, attacked Feni at high level. Among the aircraft scrambled were a dozen of No 615 Sqn's Spitfire VCs, but the raiders were diving for home before an intercept could be affected. Although Sqn Ldr Holland was credited with a Ki-43 damaged for his final claim, the airfield had been hit hard. The raiders returned the next day when 12 Ki-48 'Lily' bombers, escorted by nine 'Oscars' of the 33rd and 50th Sentais, attacked Agartala.
I overhauled them and gave one a long burst, seeing hits in the cockpit, and he violently evaded. I gave his wingman another long burst, with the same result. ' Goold was credited with a probable and a damaged. Sadly, WO G Sole was lost, and once again, in spite of considerable overclaiming by both sides, the day had seen the JAAF suffer yet another heavy defeat. Soon after this action, the efforts of the Spitfire pilots over the Arakan were recognised with the immediate award of a DFC to Fit Lt 'Bojo' Brown and a DFM to Fit Sgt Bob Cross.
Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific by Andrew Thomas