By Andrew Thomas
The 1st few American volunteers in global battle 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 attractiveness. while the us entered the struggle its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. observe the reports of quite a few American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand money owed, interviews and strive against experiences, in an exhilarating learn that transports the reader from the conflict of england to the deserts of North Africa and fort Europe itself.
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However, 24 hours later a number of the 4th FS's future aces made claims in a fight with yet more Messerschmitt fighters over Mezzouna. 1Lt Robert E Armstong shot one down (the first of his four victories), while the man ultimately destined to be the leading USAAF Spitfire pilot made his first claim when another Bf 109G fell to the guns of 1Lt Sylvan Feld. Also successful was 1Lt Victor Cabas, who shot a German fighter down for his third successful combat, while 1Lt Moss Fletcher also claimed the third of his victories.
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. Spotting a Ju 52/3m over the sea, Lynch fired a four-second burst, hitting it in the fuselage and causing the transport to trail a stream of vapour, before it dived into the water.
Back at base, Norman McDonald said, 'To those who flew with him as their leader, he was the best'. Vinson was replaced by Maj George Williams. /JG 77, and the American pilots emerged with three kills to their credit. In return, one of the Luftwaffe's great experte (with more than 150 kills to his credit), Maj Johannes 'Makki' Steinhoff, who was also the Geschwaderkommodore of JG 77, shot down the Spitfire of newly-arrived Lt Richard East. z o :x:J --l :r: » "'T1 :x:J n » z » o < m Z --l C :x:J m 35 UJ UJ 0:: :c I0:: UJ l- e..