American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Alfred Price, Chris Davey

By Alfred Price, Chris Davey

The 1st few American volunteers 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 scuffling with recognition. while the us entered the struggle the Eagle fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last transferred to the 8th Air strength. in exactly years of provider with the USAAF, 22 pilots claimed 5 or extra victories flying the Spitfire, when another dozen aces claimed a part of their overall flying them, a testomony to their ability and luck on the controls of this mythical warbird.

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The motor belched black smoke and slight flame. The aircraft dove down to the left and flew straight into the ground from about 1000 ft. I closed to the same distance on the next Stuka, and using a similar angle of deflection, opened up with both cannons and machine guns in three-second bursts. The aircraft erupted in flames and broke into pieces in the air. This combat took place at 1000 ft. 'The third victim was about 500 yards ahead. I closed on him easily. He was in a slight climb. Again, my range was no more than 35 yards, with very slight right deflection from slightly below.

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. 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.

During two separate sorties over Burg el Arab on 1 September, he destroyed two Bf 109Fs. Then a week later he shot down another Messerschmitt, which is believed to have been the aircraft flown by Knight's Cross holder, and 55-victory ace, Oblt Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt, who was killed. 333 victories. Rested between November 1942 and June 1943, he then completed a further tour on Spitfires as CO No 80 Sqn. The most successful American pilot to serve with the RAF was Lance Wade, who, whilst flying Hurricanes over the desert with No 33 Sqn in 1941-42, was credited with 12 and 2 shared victories.

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