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, frequently posing as «Canadians», ultimately forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce battling acceptance. whilst the us entered the struggle the Eagle fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last transferred to the 8th Air strength. in precisely years of carrier with the USAAF, 22 pilots claimed 5 or extra victories flying the Spitfire, when an extra dozen aces claimed a part of their overall flying them, a testomony to their ability and good fortune on the controls of this mythical warbird.
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1 gave the enemy aircraft a one-second burst. Strikes were seen as the enemy aircraft weaved through a valley and I closed to 50 yards, striking the engine, and it smoked and stopped operating'. Vinson became an ace on the evening of 24 March 1943, but on 3 April, having destroyed a Ju 87, he was jumped by a Bf 109 and killed (via Norman Franks) Two other Stukas were also claimed destroyed and yet more damaged. Elsewhere that same day, the 52nd FG was in action, losing aircraft to ]G 51's Bf 109Gs.
An American ex-Spitfire pilot also became an ace soon afterwards on Sunday, 18 April in the climax of Operation Flax. Although no USAAF Spitfires were involved in the action, one of the successful pilots that day was 2Lt MacArthur Powers, flying a P-40 Warhawk of the 314th FS. He had previously flown Spitfire VBs over the desert with the RAF's No 145 Sqn in 1942, and had claimed two and one shared victories with the unit prior to transferring to the USAAF in January 1943. During the evening of what became famous as the 'Palm Sunday Massacre' over the Gulf of Tunis, he shot down four Ju 52/3m transports, as well as one of their escorting Bf 109Gs, to reach'acedom' in some style!
5 victories during April 1943. To the unit letters T-N his groundcrew added a small 'T', as the combination of this aircraft with Lynch in the cockpit was clearly dynamite! (via Brian CuI/) 48 L1+RV, flown by Ofw Meyer, and Ltn Hahn's L1+DW. 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.
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