By Mike Spick
Many hundreds of thousands of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and plenty of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied airplane. a number of turned 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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The Zerstörer pilots had not yet learned that they were no match for British single-seaters, and dived to the attack. Once again, the neat formations dissolved into a whirling confused mass. At first Bob Tuck could not settle on a target, but then a 110 rose from the depths just ahead. Bullets from its rear gunner hit the engine cowling and windshield of the Spitfire, but then the fire of its eight Brownings tore into the German fighter. Flames burst from its port engine and it yawed, rolled over and went down vertically.
A Punch cartoon summed up the spirit of the era perfectly. 'Laburnum Cottage Sir? ' Aircraft of the Battle Comparison of the basic performance figures shows that the German Bf 109E was superior to even the Spitfire in many areas, while the Hurricane appears to be completely outclassed. But once the fighting started, the differences were nowhere near so apparent. e. eight days or more in combat—in the battle, a ratio of 60:40. Recent research shows that of the German losses due to fighter action, 638 can be allocated to Hurricane squadrons and 511 to Spitfire units, a ratio of 55:45.
It provided a gradual introduction to combat, and when, on 10 May 1940, the long-awaited German assault began, most of them had gained some experience. They had encountered the enemy, fired their guns, and been fired at in their turn. They had learned to keep a sharp look-out, and also that manoeuvre combat was perfectly feasible. Above all, they had learned to have confidence in themselves and their machines. As the Luftwaffe had demonstrated in Poland, air superiority is most easily gained by destroying enemy aircraft on the ground.
Allied Fighter Aces: The Air Combat Tactics and Techniques of World War II by Mike Spick