By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams
A revised number of the biographies of the top scoring Allied fighter pilots of worldwide battle II. All info in their strive against are prepared in tabular shape. integrated are a variety of images from hitherto inner most collections.
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In Burma, fighting alongside Tomahawks of the American Volunteer Group, and in Malaya, the Buffalos had suffered very badly. Partly this was due to the inexperience of the pilots and the poor early warning and control systems available; partly to the overall Japanese superiority in numbers and experience, coupled with the benefit of the initiative, and partly due to the better performance of their aircraft. Great efforts were made to get Hurricanes out to the area as swiftly as possible. A wing of four squadrons, 17, 135, 136 and 232, ostensibly en route to fly alongside the Russians in the Caucasus, was diverted.
The best fighter pilots were usually outdoor men who had shot game and wildfowl and therefore knew something about deflection shooting. The man who could hit a curling, dropping pheasant coming at him on a strong wind, or a jinking head-on partridge, or who could kill a widgeon clearly in a darkening sky, had little trouble bringing his guns to bear against enemy fighters. I commend this carefully researched book to all those readers who are interested in the deeds of those above-average fighter pilots who had five or more confirmed victories and, in our world, became aces.
There is also a list of those claiming five or more V-1 flying bombs shot down. This has been arranged alphabetically this time, instead of in score order, to allow easier reference to the pilots’ names. Whilst the most successful of all pilots against V-1s, Squadron Leader Joseph Berry, did not claim five aircraft shot down, his biographical notes are included because of his unique achievement. ___________________________ So what is an ‘ace’? The term was introduced by the French quite early in World War I to describe a pilot credited with five or more aerial victories.