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Aces High, Volume 2. A Further Tribute to the Most Notable by Christopher Shores

By Christopher Shores

This quantity updates the knowledge within the first quantity and provides a few new names. details has been additional at the pilots who received luck opposed to the V-1 flying bombs in the course of 1944-45. element is usually supplied on these devices during which nearly the entire fighter pilots served at your time or one other - the fighter Operational education devices - and of expert devices reminiscent of the principal Gunnery tuition, Fighter Leader's university and Fighter Experimental devices. there's additionally assurance of the one different conflicts during which British pilots were in a position to declare victories on account that 1945 - Korea and the Falklands clash.

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It was disbanded again on 20 July 1945. 59 Operational Training Unit Formed at Turnhouse, Edinburgh, in December 1940, the unit moved its Hurricanes to Crosby-on-Eden in February 1941. In August 1942 a move to Milfield was made, where from March 1943 the unit specialised in training pilots for Typhoon squadrons. On 18 May 1943 the pilots of 31 Course formed 559 Squadron as a Typhoon conversion unit, moving to Brunton. 59 OTU was disbanded in January 1944 to form the nucleus of the new Fighter Leaders’ School, but was reformed in February 1945 at Acklington as a half unit, again with Typhoons, operating for three months before once again being disbanded.

In March 1945 58 OTU was reformed by the renaming of the Day Fighter Wing of 41 OTU at Poulton (one of the ex-Army Co-operation Command units), equipped with Mustangs, moving to Hawarden, Cheshire. It was disbanded again on 20 July 1945. 59 Operational Training Unit Formed at Turnhouse, Edinburgh, in December 1940, the unit moved its Hurricanes to Crosby-on-Eden in February 1941. In August 1942 a move to Milfield was made, where from March 1943 the unit specialised in training pilots for Typhoon squadrons.

On 19 January 1942 he led Hurricane fighter-bombers in an attack on Comiso airfield, Sicily, where his aircraft, BV174, was hit by ground fire. He managed to return to Malta, where he crash-landed. In February 1942 he was posted to the Middle East, where he later became a flight commander in 89 Squadron, flying Beaufighters at night. He was awarded a DFC on 7 March 1944, and was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Wg Cdr. R. Lieutenant SAAF No. 103758 Bennetts served in the Western Desert with 2 SAAF Squadron during summer 1942.

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