By Mike Spick
Many hundreds of thousands of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and lots of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied airplane. a couple of grew to become well-known. 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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Battle of Britain Top Scorers, I July-3 I October 1940 1 Julius Neumann, a Bf 109E pilot with JG 27, believes that he was shot down by Jim Hallowes on 18 August 1940. If so, these figures should be increased by one. 2 Dundas' final victim, on 28 November 1940, was ranking German ace Helmut Wick. Dundas was immediately shot down and killed by Wick's wingman, Rudi Pflanz. 51 ALLIED FIGHTER ACES The Hurricane was the better bomber destroyer. It was a more stable gun platform, and it could absorb more battle damage than the Supermarine thoroughbred.
To counter this, some squadrons were moved to forward airfields, while patrols were mounted over the convoys. Such patrols normally consisted of a section of three fighters. If the Luftwaffe appeared in force, they were often overwhelmed, fighting desperately to survive until reinforcements arrived. The same applied against the German fighter sweeps, or Freijagd, which were usually made in Gruppe strength. If these were identified in time, they were ignored, and left to suffer the attrition normal with operations 55 ALLIED FIGHTER ACES over the sea from temporary landing fields.
I decide on the right-hand 'plane. 'Echelon port, echelon port. ' They still haven't seen us. We are diving steeply now, doing about 300 on the clock. Throttle back a bit; otherwise you'll overshoot them. Hell! they've broken. What the Hell! they've turned to meet us. Steady, now; get your sights on before you fire. Rat tat tat, rat tat tat. Hell! you can hear their cannons firing. Blast it! I am going too fast; they are past me, on either side—so close that I thought we would hit. Inexperienced in combat as Widge Gleed was at this time, it was a trifle optimistic to expect that the rearward-facing gunners of the 110s had not seen his formation, especially after the time consumed in manoeuvring from Vic to line astern, then into echelon prior to the attack, which 37 ALLIED FIGHTER ACES was launched from sufficiently far away to give the German fighters time to reverse into it, making it a head-on pass.
Allied Fighter Aces: The Air Combat Tactics and Techniques of World War II by Mike Spick