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By Alfred Price, Chris Davey

The 1st few American volunteers flew Spitfires with the RAF throughout the conflict of england. Many extra joined their ranks, usually posing as Ā«CanadiansĀ», finally forming 3 Eagle squadrons who earned a fierce combating recognition. whilst the U.S. entered the warfare the Eagle fighter sections have been issued with Spitfires and at last transferred to the 8th Air strength. in exactly years of provider with the USAAF, 22 pilots claimed 5 or extra victories flying the Spitfire, when a different dozen aces claimed a part of their overall flying them, a testomony to their ability and luck on the controls of this mythical warbird.

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5 destroyed) over Malta earlier in the year with Spitfire VB-equipped No 126 Sqn - he damaged one of the Ju 88s. During the first week of December, 2nd FS pilots were credited with six destroyed, two probables and six damaged, against three losses. A few days later, however, heavy rains brought a lull in the air action for two weeks. On 19 December the 2nd FS resumed operations, and when flying near his airfield at Bone during a mid-morning patrol, Jimmie Peck spotted a trio ofFw 190s and gave chase.

G 77 that were attempting to protect the vulnerable Stukas. A number of USAAF pilots claimed victories on 1 April, including the 309th's CO, Harrison Thyng, who downed a Bf 109G, while squadronmate 1Lt Carl Payne was credited with a Messerschmitt fighter probably destroyed. Spitfires of the 52nd FG were also engaged during the day when, shortly after noon, SSgt James E Butler (one of the relatively few NCO fighter pilots in the USAAF) , who was helping to cover troops near Hamadt, spotted an Fw 190 above him.

The 4th FS also painted the pilot's name in a scripted style forward of the cockpit (52nd FW) was identified as being the 1OOOth enemy aircraft downed by Malta-based aircraft, and for this success he received a congratulatory telegram. 5 enemy aircraft in April alone, and taken his total to six and seven shared destroyed, Lynch was also awarded an immediate, and well deserved, OFC. 506Bs, as well as damaging an escorting Me 210. John Lynch received a bar to the OFC for this action. The American ace continued to lead his squadron during the invasion ofSicily, mainly on escort work.

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