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Aces High, Volume 1. A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter by Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams

A revised choice of the biographies of the top scoring Allied fighter pilots of worldwide warfare II. All info in their wrestle are prepared in tabular shape. integrated are a range of photos from hitherto inner most collections.

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The scenario most likely to produce such results is a whirling fighter-v-fighter engagement involving considerable numbers of aircraft, taking place above the sea, or over enemy territory, where subsequent counting of wrecks cannot take place. In such circumstances, through much of the war, experience shows that one loss for two claims represents a reasonable degree of accuracy. Frequently this can be shown to degenerate to one loss for three or four claims. The cross-Channel sweeps of 1941–2 are a particularly good example of this.

Coupled with that, the Air Ministry’s espousal of the bomber as the principal weapon of the RAF, and the expectation that its fighters would be involved only in a defensive role against hostile bombers, rather than opposing fighters, meant that little attention was paid to the deflection ‘snapshooting’ necessary for fighter-v-fighter combat. Indeed it was believed in some quarters that the high performance of modern monoplane fighters would render it impossible for such activities to be indulged in.

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.

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