American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas

By Andrew Thomas

The 1st few American volunteers in global warfare 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF in the course of the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, usually posing as 'Canadians', ultimately forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce scuffling with acceptance. while the U.S. entered the battle its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and finally the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. detect the studies of various American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand money owed, interviews and wrestle stories, 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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A < m :::0 s: m o --i m :::0 :::0 » z m » z en I » z o en - - - - - T H E SICILY CAMPAIGN - - - - After the conclusion of the campaign in North Africa, much to its frustration and chagrin, the 52nd FG remained at La Sebala on convoy work, which in turn meant very little contact with the enemy. However, in the late afternoon of 3 June, to the north of Cap Bon, Lt Sylvan Feld shot down an Fw 190. Then, in the early evening of the 6th, when patrolling about 12 miles west of the Italian-held island ofPantelleria, he had a successful combat with some Bf 109Gs, destroying one and damaging another.

In December, FIg Off John Lynch, who had two shared victories from his service in the UK, joined No 249 Sqn. North of the island ofLampedusa on the 11 th he shot down a Bf 11 0 and claimed a Ju 52/3m as a probable to record his first victories while flying from Malta. Lynch shared in the destruction of aJu 88 on 14 December, and three days later he was in one of six Spitfires escorting Beaufighters in an attack on Sicily. East of Cap Passero, the RAF fighters spotted two Ju 88s from LG 1 - 47 0::: :::> o LL.

This share was the first of Butler's five victory claims. These]u 88 kills had come at some cost, as several Spitfires were also shot down. Two days later the 52nd FG had an even greater success which was a source of some satisfaction, as there had been criticism from the Army about the level of air support it had been recently receiving. Late in the afternoon, the 2nd FS, led by Capt Vinson, set off to patrol the frontline. It soon came across a formation ofaround 14]u 87s, with a Bf 109 escort, and as the Americans dived to attack, the Stukas jettisoned their bombs and desperately scattered before their escort could intervene.

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