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', ultimately forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce scuffling with attractiveness. while the us entered the struggle its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. detect the reports of numerous American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand bills, interviews and strive against 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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5 victories when he destroyed a Bf 109 near El Guettar. The group moved northeast to Sbeitla shortly afterwards. On 6 April the 8th Army broke through the Wadi Akarit line, and the following day its advanced units linked with II Corps, which by now had reached Mezzouna. Later that month, in the north, the British 1st Army began its spring offensive. During heavy air fighting over Tunisia, the 52nd FG lost six Spitfires to fighters or flak. Returning to 6 April, early that day 11 aircraft from the 307th escorted A-20s sent to bomb La Fouconnerie, and en route to the target they were attacked by a dozen Bf 109Gs shortly after 0730 hrs.
Fletcher's aircraft not only carried his name and score, but also his personal nose art. Fletcher's crew chief is seen here sitting on the wing of their Spitfire (52nd FW) During the spring of 1943, quantities of the improved Spitfire IX began being delivered to the USAAF in North Africa. Among those sent to the 4th FS was EN354/WD-W, which was christened Doris June II by its pilot, 1Lt Leonard V Helton. He claimed two victories in April and August 1943 (ww2images) 38 another for his second victory, while a third Bf 109G was shared by lLts Vic Cabas, who made his final claim, and John Blythe.
Later that same day the 52nd FG intercepted a formation of]u 88s over El Guettar and five were shot down, including one by 1Lt Sylvan Feld of the 4th FS, while Capt Norman McDonald of the 2nd FS shared another with Capt George Williams. Also in action was SSgt Butler, who attacked the same aircraft as Lt Sanborn. The latter wrote afterwards in his report, 'I saw Butler go into clouds after him. Then the enemy aircraft came out of clouds in a dive, with its right engine and the right side of the fuselage in flames.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas