By Andrew Thomas
The 1st few American volunteers in international battle 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF through the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, frequently posing as 'Canadians', ultimately forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce combating acceptance. whilst the USA 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 reports of various American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, 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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The Spitfires of the 31st FG saw some intensive action during ten sweeps that day, the various engagements fought by the units producing the group's first aces. During one such mission in the middle of the day, recently promoted Maj Frank Hill, who was leading the 309th FS in a new Spitfire IX, clashed with Bf109Gs; 'On the morning mission, 1 was leading the Spit IXs. That was the newer Spitfire with the bigger engine, and I chased two ME-I 09s around the sky, finally getting one which dove head-on into the ground north of Tunis.
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.
However, he was then engaged by another Fw 190 and forced to break off his attack, resulting in him only being credited with a damaged. - - - F I R S T USAAF SPITFIRE ACE 30 1943 opened dramatically for the 2nd FS when, on 2 January, a large force ofJ u 87s, with fighter escort, attacked Bone harbour. RAF and US Spitfires scrambled in response, and 'Vince' Vinson went for a Stuka, which he hit and it exploded and broke up before crashing into the seahis wingman, LtJohn Pope, got another, and he wrote afterwards; 'Vinson and I went after two 87s that were just off the water and trailing the others.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas