By Andrew Thomas
The 1st few American volunteers in global struggle 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF throughout the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, frequently posing as 'Canadians', ultimately forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce combating recognition. whilst the U.S. entered the conflict its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and finally the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. become aware of the reports of numerous American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, interviews and wrestle reviews, in an exciting learn that transports the reader from the conflict of england to the deserts of North Africa and castle Europe itself.
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1 gave the enemy aircraft a one-second burst. Strikes were seen as the enemy aircraft weaved through a valley and I closed to 50 yards, striking the engine, and it smoked and stopped operating'. Vinson became an ace on the evening of 24 March 1943, but on 3 April, having destroyed a Ju 87, he was jumped by a Bf 109 and killed (via Norman Franks) Two other Stukas were also claimed destroyed and yet more damaged. Elsewhere that same day, the 52nd FG was in action, losing aircraft to ]G 51's Bf 109Gs.
During a very successful day, the 52nd FG had claimed nine destroyed, and McDonald had established himselfon the path to 'acedom'. Support to US ground forces remained the priority, however, and 23 March was a particularly busy day. During a combat shortly before 1000 hrs, Capt Sweetland's Spitfire collided with a Bf 109G and both crashed. ] G 77, who, moments earlier, had shot down a Spitfire for his 135th, and last, victory. Ground support missions continued the next day, and whilst patrolling over the Maknassy basin that afternoon, Spitfires of the 2nd FS found a formation of ] u 88s, escorted by Fw 190s.
On the morning of the 13th, the battered convoy came within range of Malta's Spitfires which were in action throughout the day. /122, flown by Uffz H-J Schmiedgen, at 14,000 ft 15 miles west of Linosa. 'Georgia' Wynn followed Plt Off 'Rip' Jones in and scored hits on the fuselage, before Canadian ace Ph Off George Beurling delivered the coup de grace. This share in the destruction ofthe Ju 88 gave Wynn his first confirmed success, as Beurling described in his diary. 'I saw "Georgia" go in head-on and pull up over the bomber, which just kept plowing along, straight ahead - the best thing it could do in the circumstances'.