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American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas

By Andrew Thomas

The 1st few American volunteers in global struggle 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF in the course of the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, frequently posing as 'Canadians', finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce scuffling with attractiveness. while the us entered the warfare its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. notice the stories of a number of American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, interviews and strive against reviews, 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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The Spitfires dived on the German aircraft and squadron CO, Capt 'Vince' Vinson, selected a FockeWulf fighter and opened fire from close range. He later noted that 'the enemy aircraft lost speed very quickly and caught fire, emitting a volume of black smoke out of the exhausts. I pulled away after almost colliding with it'. In spite of his close call, it was Vinson's fifth success, so making him the USAAF's third Spitfire ace, but the first to make all his claims with an American unit. The 31 st FG also remained busy, and during the late afternoon of 25 March Lt Col Fred Dean led a sweep of the La Fauconnerie area.

In all, I gave him about four seconds of cannons and machine guns. 'I then closed on the No 1 aircraft, who apparently had not seen me yet, and from a range of 25 yards I opened up with a four-second burst of cannons and machine guns. I set his right motor on fire, his right wing dropped and my cannon fire hit his left motor, setting it on fire also. Then I saw several other strikes of cannon fire along his fuselage. The aeroplane went into a spin towards the ground. ' During a very successful day, the 52nd FG had claimed nine destroyed, and McDonald had established himselfon the path to 'acedom'.

Back at base, Norman McDonald said, 'To those who flew with him as their leader, he was the best'. Vinson was replaced by Maj George Williams. /JG 77, and the American pilots emerged with three kills to their credit. In return, one of the Luftwaffe's great experte (with more than 150 kills to his credit), Maj Johannes 'Makki' Steinhoff, who was also the Geschwaderkommodore of JG 77, shot down the Spitfire of newly-arrived Lt Richard East. z o :x:J --l :r: » "'T1 :x:J n » z » o < m Z --l C :x:J m 35 UJ UJ 0:: :c I0:: UJ l- e..

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