By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams
A revised choice of the biographies of the top scoring Allied fighter pilots of global warfare II. All information in their strive against are prepared in tabular shape. incorporated are a variety of pictures from hitherto deepest collections.
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We list these separately, so that readers of the original edition are not led to believe that they have simply been forgotten. (C) We would leave in the book pilots previously reputed to have been aces, who proved to have lower scores, but who are still considered worthy of inclusion in order that the make-up of their totals can be seen. There was a level of self-protection in this decision, as otherwise, from past experience, no matter what we write here, we will receive an endless stream of letters saying “You included Fred Bloggs in the first edition!
New aircraft were gradually being introduced, including two squadrons of Westland Whirlwind twinengined fighters, and the first Hawker Typhoons.
However, this period is the most difficult of all to obtain such information for. The Air Component squadrons were ordered to burn all their records before evacuating France around 20–22 May, and indeed did so. 85, 87, 607 and 615 Squadrons particularly (some of the most successful units in the campaign) were four of those involved. Indeed in the case of 615 Squadron, the mobile office containing all the pilots’ logbooks was itself destroyed by bombing. With units sending detachments out to France from England on an ‘ad hoc’ basis, for Fighter Command to keep records was also a less than perfect system in the chaotic conditions of the ‘Blizkrieg’.