By Andrew Thomas
The 1st few American volunteers in global conflict 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 combating acceptance. while the USA entered the struggle its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. realize the studies of numerous American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, interviews and wrestle experiences, in an exhilarating learn that transports the reader from the conflict of england to the deserts of North Africa and citadel Europe itself.
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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.