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By James L. Stokesbury

Regardless of the varied books on global struggle II, beforehand there was no one-volume survey that was once either aim and finished. earlier volumes have frequently been written from an solely British or American standpoint, or have overlooked the $64000 explanations and effects of the battle.

A brief background of global warfare II is basically an army background, however it reaches from the peace settlements of global battle I to the greatly altered postwar international of the overdue 1940's. Lucidly written and eminently readable, it truly is real and actual adequate to fulfill expert historians. A brief background of global conflict II will allure both to the overall reader, the veteran who fought within the warfare, and the coed drawn to realizing the modern political global.

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Also joining No 601 Sqn from the next Wasp ferry run, in June, was 26-year-old Texan FIg Off]ohn 'Crash' Curry, whose subsequent exploits in North Africa were detailed in the previous chapter. 5-kill ace Flt Lt Denis Barnham, 'as slightly built, suntanned and moustached. He was having the time ofhis life, although he complained incessantly that it was time the squadron got some pilots who wouldn't desert him every time he led them into a dogfight'. No 185 Sqn's 'Tex' Vineyard, who later became a six-kill ace flying Hellcats over the Pacific with VF-2 from USS Hornet in 1944, had a torrid time during one engagement on 16 June, as No 185 Sqn's diary recorded; 'The boys went up looking for ME 109s.

After the second turn, the Me 109 flew into the ground. 202 (F Hill via C F Shores) Maj Frank Hill poses alongside Spitfire ER187, which bears his victory total and both he and his wife's names (F Hill via C F Shores) z o :0 --i :::r: » "'T1 :0 CJ » z » o < m Z --i C :0 m 4th FS Spitfire VC ES 138/WD-N sits on a dusty Tunisian airfield during the summer of 1943, prior to the group moving north to Sicily (ww2 images) The 31st FG's tally of 11 aircraft shot down on 6 May 1943 set a record in the North African theatre for the most fighters destroyed by an American fighter group in a single day to date.

A highly skilled and dedicated man, you couldn't help but like him'. Tilley and Peck rapidly made names for themselves, becoming the first Americans to win the DFC over the battered island. And like Peck and McLeod before him, Tilley too was quickly in the action, damaging a Bf 109 on 28 April. Mter four months of hectic fighting Tilley left Malta with seven destroyed, three probables and six darnaged to his credit. In early May 1942, the so-called 'American Flight' was formed within No 126 Sqn, with Plt Off Jimmie Peck as the flight commander.

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