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By Andrew Thomas

The 1st few American volunteers in global conflict 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF throughout the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, usually posing as 'Canadians', finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce scuffling with popularity. whilst 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. detect the studies of numerous American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, interviews and wrestle studies, 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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We dived at them, and in the attack that followed I closed on one, and after firing saw the pilot bale out as the bullets struck the cockpit. During this fracas another of our pilots was suddenly attacked by six Me 109s. One got directly on his tail. I turned inside him and fired. He exploded on the first burst. U I- a.. « :::r:: u Another successful pilot with the 4th FS was Capt Moss Fletcher, who claimed his first (shared) victory when flying with the RCAF. During his time with the 4th FS he was credited with a further four kills to become an ace in late April 1943.

I don't know for sure if I hit his aircraft or not, but, in any event, he snapped inverted. I was so scared and up tight that I thought, "He's going to do a split-S and try to come up behind me". Of course he crashed into the ground doing about 350 mph. ' Sadly, Mitchell was shot down too. With Axis troops in increasingly desperate straits on the ground, the enemy threw in as much air support as it could. /StG 3. During the course of the action lLt Carl Payne achieving his second victory, as he described in his combat report; 'Our unit was flying middle position in a three-squadron escort to A-20s bombing Mezzouna airfield.

Feld's fourth victory came on 9 April as the Allied advance continued from the south and the west in the face of stiff opposition both on the ground and in the air. Early that evening, squadrons from the 52nd FG had intercepted two formations ofJ u 88s without escort near Kairouan, some 30 miles inland to the west of Sousse. For the loss of two Spitfires, the group claimed 11 destroyed, including one each to 1Lts Sylvan Feld and Fred Ohr (from the 2nd FS). Ohr later became the only US ace of Korean ancestry, and his first victory was also his only success with the Spitfire - his remaining five kills came in 1944 in P-51 BIDs.

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