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Download e-book for kindle: Aces High, Volume 1. A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter by Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

A revised selection of the biographies of the top scoring Allied fighter pilots of worldwide conflict II. All information in their wrestle are prepared in tabular shape. incorporated are a variety of photos from hitherto deepest collections.

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A unit also arrived from Australia, 3 RAAF Squadron being intended for army co-operation duties. However its role rapidly changed to that of a fighter unit, and it too received Gladiators. Initial action over the Egyptian-Libyan frontier area was brisk, if restricted, but in September an Italian invasion began. The vastly outnumbered British force fell back, but the Italian thrust soon ran out of steam, and they dug in a few miles into Egypt, a period of stalemate commencing. Meanwhile in October Mussolini invaded north-western Greece from Albania, but was held in the Epirus mountains by a fierce Greek resistance.

In the latter area an offensive launched against the Italians in December 1940, rolled up the Italian armies and led to their retreat right across Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya), British Commonwealth forces reaching Tripolitania by early March 1941. This success coincided with a decision by the government to reinforce Greece, which was now considered to be under threat of German invasion. Many units were withdrawn from the Western Desert for service in this country, including 33 and 112 Squadrons.

In the final months of the war 2nd Tactical Air Force at last introduced a Claims Assessment Board which for the first time provided a confirmation system as thorough as that employed by the US air forces, Luftwaffe and Armée de l’Air. Additionally, a considerable number of logbooks have been viewed, and much additional information has been gleaned from these. Finally there remains the thorny issue of overclaiming. Detailed research into a variety of claims, aided by the records of all combatants involved, leads to the conclusion that overclaiming in fighter combat is endemic — certainly in the conditions appertaining in World War II.

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