Allied Fighter Aces: The Air Combat Tactics and Techniques by Mike Spick

By Mike Spick

Many hundreds of thousands of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and plenty of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied airplane. a number of turned recognized. approximately 5 percentage of fighter pilots accounted for a few 40 percentage of all air victories, and those have been the aces.

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On the third occasion, Carey was one of four pilots of No 43 Squadron which attacked a Heinkel and set it on fire. When it turned back and tried to make the Scottish coast, they escorted it. Carey later commented that he was extremely anxious that the helpless German crew should survive. In April 1940, Carey was commissioned and posted to No 3 Squadron, also with Hurricanes, which was sent to France at the onset of the Blitzkrieg. Once there, he rapidly became a bomber specialist, destroying 12 bombers and a solitary fighter, with another four bombers unconfirmed, in the space of five days.

Although the low wing-loaded British fighters could out-turn the 109 at all heights, the margin was smaller than is widely realised. The average fighter pilot was a poor shot, and once the deflection angle had opened to more than about five degrees he had little chance of scoring hits. Only a handful of marksmen were consistently successful once a turning fight started. The bombers were altogether a different case. Mostly they were found in close formation, protected by the massed fire of their gunners, and with escort fighters lurking close at hand.

Soper Paul Richey Taffy Clowes Boy Mould 35 ALLIED FIGHTER ACES appears that both fell victim to Luftwaffe Experte Werner Mölders at different times. Blitzkrieg With hindsight, the Sitzkrieg was a blessing for the RAF fighters in France. It provided a gradual introduction to combat, and when, on 10 May 1940, the long-awaited German assault began, most of them had gained some experience. They had encountered the enemy, fired their guns, and been fired at in their turn. They had learned to keep a sharp look-out, and also that manoeuvre combat was perfectly feasible.

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