By Andrew Thomas
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 struggling with popularity. whilst the USA entered the conflict 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 numerous American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, 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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In fact, they would be among only a handful of USAAF pilots to claim kills over German, Italian, Japanese and Vichy-French aircraft. Carl Payne recalled in his combat report; 'I had made my final turn with wheels and flaps down, and I heard over the radio that enemy aeroplanes were beating up our field. I immediately pulled up my flaps and wheels and started circling. I had made almost one complete circuit of the field when I saw three French Oewoitines diving upon the field with guns blazing. I then immediately attacked them, taking snap shots at them.
His Spitfire was then hit and he force-landed on a beach and was captured, although he later escaped. /KG 77, flown by Knight's Cross holder Maj Paepcke. Both aircraft fell to their destruction, taking their crews with them. Jones' total had reached 7 and 2 shared destroyed prior to his demise. The victory at El Alamein, and subsequent advance, and the Allied landings in French North Africa in the autumn of 1942 had the effect of transforming Malta's situation. Although life for both the population and the garrison was still grim, the threat of daily bombardment and possible invasion had passed, and it was now seen very much as a base for offensive operations.
During the afternoon of 8 May, the 'Desert Rats' of the British 7th Armoured Division entered Tunis, and soon afterwards the US 9th Infantry Division captured Bizerte. A rapid armoured thrust sealed the bulk of the remaining Axis forces in the Cap Bon peninsula, and the last remaining German and Italian fighters evacuated Tunisia the next day. A number of other Axis aircraft were shot down attempting to flee on the 9th, with Spitfire pilots from the 5th FS enjoying a particularly successful early morning action which resulted in six Bf 109Gs being claimed destroyed, including two by lLt Walter Morgan.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas