American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas

By Andrew Thomas

The 1st few American volunteers in global battle 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF through the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, frequently posing as 'Canadians', finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce struggling with recognition. while the us entered the conflict its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and finally the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. notice the studies of a number of American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, interviews and wrestle reviews, in an exciting learn that transports the reader from the conflict of england to the deserts of North Africa and fort Europe itself.

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The fighters attacked immediately, with Lynch sharing in the destruction of both bombers, the first ofwhich took him to ace status. December also saw the departure of another of No 249 Sqn's Americans when the now Ph OffVasseure Wynn left for the UK. There, he transferred to the USAAF and joined the 4th FG, with whom he reached ace status before becoming a PoW in April 1944. With enemy attacks on Maha reduced, the Spitfires flew increasing numbers of offensive sorties, with now Fh Lt John Lynch claiming his first victory of 1943 on 7 February.

This was Collinsworth's fourth victory, while another future ace of the 307th, lLt Charles Fischette, also shot down a Bf 109G for his second victory. At around 1600 hrs, the 31 st FG mounted yet another sweep over Tunis, and one of the pilots involved was Maj Frank Hill. He later recalled in his combat report; 'We ran into about 16 ME-I09s and Macchi 202s. There were six of us in Spit Vs and four above us in Spit IXs. I started after this formation, came up from underneath where they didn't see us and shot at one Macchi, which I hit.

Then, just after 0530 hrs on 28 April, Lynch found more success on another sweep off the Sicilian coast in what was becoming a personal vendetta against the enemy's air transport fleet. Spotting a Ju 52/3m over the sea, Lynch fired a four-second burst, hitting it in the fuselage and causing the transport to trail a stream of vapour, before it dived into the water. Lynch's wingman attacked a second Junkers tri-motor, which the American ace then fired at head-on, before it too crashed into the sea, as he reported at the time.

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