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. incorporated are a variety of pictures from hitherto deepest collections.
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In August the first of many deliveries of fighters flown off an aircraft carrier to the island occurred, a dozen more Hurricanes allowing 261 Squadron to be formed. In Egypt the RAF maintained a small force, including three squadrons of Gladiators, 33, 80 and 112. These also received a few Hurricanes in the early days of the war here, which commenced on 10 June 1940, such that in August, 274 Squadron could be formed with these aircraft. 30 Squadron also converted its Blenheim I bombers to the fighter configuration.
On several occasions we have been asked if such aircraft should not be included in the relevant pilot’s total. Our response has been that we seek here to record the claims made and accepted in good faith at the time. Where such circumstances as that recorded above have occurred, we have indicated this by footnote. Logically, if we are to include victories confirmed long after the war in this way, we should also discount those proved not to have been correct, and here we would be opening a ‘can of worms’ that would prove virtually impossible to cope with.
I found Chapter Five, and particularly Chapter Six of tremendous interest, as so often during the war one was very closely associated with a number of pilots for a short period, and then never saw or heard of them again, except perhaps odd snatches of information or rumours, and in this book it is fascinating to follow their fighting careers throughout the battle areas of the last war – alas many of these careers end sadly and abruptly! Regarding the title of the book, Aces High, I found myself flinching slightly at this, as I think most fighter pilots always have done.
Aces High, Volume 1. A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots of the British and Commonwealth... by Christopher Shores, Clive Williams