By Andrew Thomas
The 1st few American volunteers in global conflict 2 flew Spitfires with the RAF throughout the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, usually posing as 'Canadians', finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce struggling with acceptance. while the U.S. entered the warfare its fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and finally the Eagle Squadrons have been transferred to the 8th Air strength. become aware of the reports of various American aces of their personal phrases via first-hand debts, interviews and strive against reviews, in an exhilarating learn that transports the reader from the conflict of england to the deserts of North Africa and citadel Europe itself.
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In early May 1942, the so-called 'American Flight' was formed within No 126 Sqn, with Plt Off Jimmie Peck as the flight commander. The other pilots were Don McLeod, Reade Tilley, Doug Booth, Fred Almos, Sunday McHan and Brice Downs. On 20 May Peck was awarded a DFC, having made 15 claims since arriving in Malta - 3 1/2 destroyed, three probables and no less than eight T 44 Pit Off Donald McLeod of No 126 Sqn arrived in Malta on 21 March 1942 and shot down two Bf 109s on the 24th and 25th of the month.
However, he was himself shot down in flames on 2 April and baled out, injured. McLeod later transferred to the USAAF, and scored two more victories with the 83rd FS (via Brian Cull) damaged. He survived more than forty combats over Malta, and later spoke to American reporters of his experiences; 'I never even got a scratch or so much as a bullet through my aeroplane. In all the fighting I haven't received so much as a scratch. ' The 'American Flight' was soon joined by another future ace, Pit Off 'Rip' Jones, who, on the morning of the 18th, opened his account by shooting down a Bf 109 that was strafing a rescue launch.
His Spitfire was hit by flak just minutes later, however, forcing him to crash-land. Fortunately, Carey met an Arab who helped him evade German patrols, and he was picked up by British troops and returned to his unit. These proved to be the final USAAF Spitfire victories of the North African campaign before all resistance ceased and Italian Gen Giovanni Messe surrendered the last Axis forces in Africa on the 13 May. During this hard fought campaign, the two USAAF Spitfire groups had claimed 133 victories against 90 losses, some ofwhich were due to flak or weather.
American Spitfire Aces of World War 2 by Andrew Thomas