Am Nightfighter Aces of WWII by Warren Thompson, Chris Davey

By Warren Thompson, Chris Davey

The american citizens lagged in the back of their eu contemporaries in army aviation within the past due Nineteen Thirties, and it took the conflict of england to evoke an remoted the US to the need of getting plane that can guard pursuits opposed to evening assault through bomber plane. With assistance from the RAF, the significance of constructing this sort of really expert fighter strength used to be given most sensible precedence. This ebook examines the varied plane varieties that have been utilized by the united states during this function, starting with the early 'stop-gap' conversions just like the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and the A-20 Havoc (P-70).
It is going directly to element the wrestle background of the more moderen and radar outfitted Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that have been designed to find enemy airplane (both German and eastern) in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. It was once those plane that registered lots of the kills made via the military, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944-45. ultimately there are extra debts from the yank pilots who hung out at the frontline on trade excursions with the RAF within the ETO/MTO, studying the intricacies of flying radar-equipped combatants just like the Mosquito and Beaufighter at evening, ahead of the USAAF taking receipt of the much-delayed P-61. With complete colour profiles and infrequent pictures, this is often an soaking up account of a regularly underestimated flying strength: the yankee Nightfighters.

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Note the trio of Mosquito NF Xilis from No 604 Sqn parked behind the Black Widow (John Anderson! Once operational, the two Black \Xlidow squadrons were soon senr ro France, with the 422nd NFS moving ro A 15 ivlaupertus on 25 July and the 425th N FS ro Vanne on 18 August. Although now closer ro the fighting on the ground, P-61 crews did not see much aerion in the air, For during the September-Ocrober period, the LuFtwaFFe concenrrated its nocturnal activities on countering RAF heavy bombers arracking German cities.

The valianr efforts 3nd unprccedenred accomplishmenrs of rhe 422nd on each of these occasions madc a major conrriburion in denying rhe enemy his objecrives, and consrirured an illusrrious chaprer in the hisrory ofrhe Unired Stares Army Air Forces'. On rhe same day, Air Medals werc awarded ro five 422nd pilors, including furure five-kill acc I Lr Eugene Axrell (who had claimed aJu 88 and a J u 188 desrroycd on 27/28 December, and who would down anorher J u 188 on 1 January and rhen 'makc ace' on I I April wirh rwo Ju 52/3ms) and four-kill pilors I Lrs Robert Elmore 3nd Roberr Bolinder.

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