By Andrew Thomas
The 1st few American volunteers in international struggle 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF through the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, usually posing as 'Canadians', finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce combating recognition. while 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. become aware of the reviews of numerous American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand money owed, interviews and wrestle experiences, 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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Amongst the pilots was another former 'Eagle', Plt Off 'Art' Roscoe, who was to end up with eight claims, including two destroyed. 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.
An American ex-Spitfire pilot also became an ace soon afterwards on Sunday, 18 April in the climax of Operation Flax. Although no USAAF Spitfires were involved in the action, one of the successful pilots that day was 2Lt MacArthur Powers, flying a P-40 Warhawk of the 314th FS. He had previously flown Spitfire VBs over the desert with the RAF's No 145 Sqn in 1942, and had claimed two and one shared victories with the unit prior to transferring to the USAAF in January 1943. During the evening of what became famous as the 'Palm Sunday Massacre' over the Gulf of Tunis, he shot down four Ju 52/3m transports, as well as one of their escorting Bf 109Gs, to reach'acedom' in some style!
To its intense frustration, the 5th FS, meanwhile, had moved to the relative backwater of Maison Blanche to provide aerial cover for the port ofAlgiers. The 4th FS, meanwhile, picked up where the 2nd had left off, claiming its first success on 6 ]anuarywhen Maj Levine downed an Fw 190. It was his, and the squadron's, first victory. On the 14th, 1Lt Moss Fletcher, who had one shared victory from his service with the RCAF, scored his first of four kills in US colours when he downed a Bf 109 between Cap Rosa and Bone, although his fighter was damaged in the engagement and he had to bale out.
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