By Andrew Thomas
The P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt have been the best American opponents of worldwide battle 2, and either observed carrier with the RAF in monstrous numbers. The RAF started flying the Mustang in 1944, utilizing it to fly bomber escort missions, and deploying to aid the floor campaigns in Italy and the Balkans. It was once additionally flown via a couple of Polish devices within the RAF. The P-47 Thunderbolt used to be the simplest fighter on hand in CBI theater, the place it used to be flown through a couple of aces opposed to the japanese, customarily in a flooring aid position. even if those fighter forms are such a lot linked to the americans, they played a tremendous function serving within the RAF.
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C :I: U 66 when the squadron was conducting anti-flak sorties. He was rescued by partisans and had returned to his unit by the end ofAugust. Soon after this No 213 Sqn joined No 283 Wing, and through September the pace of operations increased as the enemy's position in Greece and the Balkans became more perilous, prompting withdrawals following the collapse on the Eastern Front. The wing CO was Grp Capt D S MacDonald, who had gained three victories flying with No 213 Sqn earlier in the war, and who on 5 September led an armed reconnaissance along the River Danube.
One of No 258 Sqn's pilots more succinctly recorded afterwards, 'In came the fighters and the bombers put out a terrific barrage, but Neil Cameron just went in and sawed the tail off a "Jack" (sic)'. Cameron initiaHy only claimed the Ki-61 as a possible, as he thought that it might have been hit by the bombers' gunners, but he was credited with a half-share in its destruction with WO McCredie, a turret gunner from No 99 Sqn. In being elevated to acedom, Neil Cameron had also made the only claim by an ace when flying an RAF Thunderbolt- indeed, it was the type's final victory in British colours.
These included Spitfires, Harvards, Thunderbolts, Fairchilds and Masters. ' At Fayid, he adopted Thunderbolt II KJ348 as his personal mount. It was in an all black colour scheme with a broad stripe down the fuselage to make Carey instantly recognisable when in the air. ' The Chief Flying Instructor at No 73 OTU was a notable pilot from the desert war, Sqn Ldr D H 'Nobby' Clarke, who had five claims, including two and one shared destroyed. However, with the end of the war against Japan that summer, the OTU began to run down and the operational squadrons in the Far East, some of which saw brief post-war action against Indonesian rebels in Java, all disbanded soon afterwards.