Allied Fighter Aces: The Air Combat Tactics and Techniques by Mike Spick

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 plane. a number of grew to become recognized. 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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Towards the end of the Battle I had taken about as much as I could bear. My nerves were in ribbons and I was scared stiff that one day I would pull out and avoid combat. That frightened me more than the Germans and I pleaded with my CO (Harry Hogan) for a rest. He was sympathetic but quite adamant that until he got replacements I would have to carry on. I am glad now that he was unable to let me go. If I had been allowed to leave the squadron feeling as I did, I am sure that I would never have flown again.

When it came, Fighter Command would be ready.

The new arrivals were subjected to a very rapid learning process. On 13 May, Ginger Lacey, a young sergeant pilot with No 501 Squadron, had difficulty in starting his Hurricane, took off late, and failed to find his section. Stooging around near Sedan, he sighted his first German aircraft, a Heinkel He 111 bomber, several thousand feet below. With no combat experience, and no leader to tell him what to do, he hesitated. As he did so, he spotted a Bf 109E which was apparently escorting the bomber.

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