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

By Christopher Shores

This quantity updates the data within the first quantity and provides a few new names. details has been extra at the pilots who received good fortune opposed to the V-1 flying bombs in the course of 1944-45. aspect is additionally supplied on these devices during which nearly the entire fighter pilots served at it slow or one other - the fighter Operational education devices - and of professional devices corresponding to the principal Gunnery institution, Fighter Leader's tuition and Fighter Experimental devices. there's additionally insurance of the single different conflicts during which British pilots were capable of declare victories on the grounds that 1945 - Korea and the Falklands clash.

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In late March 1941 the flight was sent to Greece on attachment to 33 Squadron. After a few defensive patrols over Athens, the flight returned to Egypt, then being sent to join 73 Squadron at Tobruk. Here Castelain claimed his first victory. On 19 October 1942 he volunteered to join the French Groupe ‘Normandie’ in Russia, where he flew Yak 1s. During a three month period he claimed six further victories. However, on 16 July 1943, after claiming his final success, he and Albert Littolf, with whom he had served in FF Flight 1 in Africa, and a third pilot, were shot down and killed near Krasnikovo in combat with FW 190s of JG 51.

580219 (NCO); 43634 (Officer) Born on 7 June 1912, Charles Cooke was a regular pre-war NCO pilot. It appears that he enlisted as a direct entry pilot under training in 1936. He was commissioned on 1 April 1940 and posted to 66 Squadron. On 4 September 1940 he was shot down by Bf 109Es, baling out of R6689 over Ashford, Kent, with burns to his face and hands. He returned to the unit on 21 September and was promoted flight commander on 10 October. He left the squadron in December, but a year later he took command of 264 Squadron on Defiants.

At the end of July it was renamed 151 (Fighter) OTU, coming under the control of 223 Group to train fighter and ground-attack pilots. Control moved to 1 (Indian) Group in August 1945, and in March 1946 a move was made to Ambala, where the following month it was absorbed into the Advanced Flying School (India). Carey in February 1943, to train RAF, IAF and USAAF fighter pilots in current fighter tactics and gunnery for application against Japanese aircraft. Its training proved very successful. It was disbanded in May 1945, its personnel and aircraft being transferred to the Tactical & Weapons Development Unit.

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