American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2 by Warren Thompson, Andrew Thomas

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By Warren Thompson, Andrew Thomas

The american citizens lagged at the back of their ecu contemporaries in army aviation within the past due Nineteen Thirties, and it took the conflict of england to rouse an remoted the US to the need of getting plane that may protect objectives opposed to evening assault through bomber plane. With the aid of the RAF, the significance of constructing one of these really expert fighter strength used to be given most sensible precedence. This e-book examines the varied airplane forms that have been utilized by the united states during this position, starting with the early 'stop-gap' conversions just like the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and the A-20 Havoc (P-70). It is going directly to element the wrestle background of the more recent and radar outfitted Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that have been designed to find enemy plane (both German and eastern) in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. It used to be those plane that registered lots of the kills made via the army, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944-45. eventually there are extra money owed from the yankee pilots who hung out at the frontline on alternate excursions with the RAF within the ETO/MTO, studying the intricacies of flying radar-equipped warring parties just like the Mosquito and Beaufighter at evening, ahead of the USAAF taking receipt of the much-delayed P-61. With complete colour profiles and infrequent pictures, this is often an soaking up account of a regularly underestimated flying strength: the yank Nightfighters.

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This had caused the buFFeting and loud wind noise. By shooting down a V1 flying bomb, 1Lt Herman Ernst (left! and his radar observer 1Lt Edward Kopsel of the 422nd NFS scored the P-61's first aerial kill in Europe. They went on to score five victories over manned German aircraft to achieve ace status (John Anderson! 'We replaced it with a flat piece of Plexiglas, and that worked unril we received new tail cones From Northrop. The next night we were up again, hoping ro catch a V I, and the mission wenr much better than the previous one.

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