By Warren Thompson, Andrew Thomas
The american citizens lagged at the back of their eu contemporaries in army aviation within the past due Thirties, and it took the conflict of england to evoke an remoted the USA to the need of getting plane which may protect pursuits opposed to evening assault by way of bomber plane. With the aid of the RAF, the significance of making one of these really good fighter strength used to be given best precedence. This publication examines the various plane varieties that have been utilized by the united states during this position, starting with the early 'stop-gap' conversions just like the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and the A-20 Havoc (P-70). It is going directly to aspect the wrestle heritage of the more moderen and radar built Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that have been designed to search out enemy airplane (both German and jap) in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. It was once those plane that registered many of the kills made via the military, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944-45. ultimately there are extra debts from the yankee pilots who hung out at the frontline on alternate excursions with the RAF within the ETO/MTO, studying the intricacies of flying radar-equipped warring parties just like the Mosquito and Beaufighter at evening, sooner than the USAAF taking receipt of the much-delayed P-61. With complete colour profiles and infrequent photos, this can be an soaking up account of a regularly underestimated flying strength: the yank Nightfighters.
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As he circled, Dear wned his r'adio to an inrumediate Frequency used by commercial broadcasters, enabling him ro pick up an Australian station as well as theJapanese one known as 'Tokyo Rose'. The music kept him awake. AFrer what seemed like an eter-niry, rhe flrsr rays oFlighr appeared over rhe horizon, and wirh rhem came radio messages indicaring rhar CVL-24 was preparing ro launch irs CAP. Dear's belly rank was now bone dry, and he jerrisoned it lO reduce drag. hen all rhe aircraFt of rhe Cf\P had been launched and the deck crews had fin ished Fran rically push ing rhe remai nrng ai rcraFr Forward ro make way For his recovery, Dear was ar last able lO come aboard.
During rhis period, VF(N)-76 also played its parr in rhe mosr memorable aerial acrion involving US Navy pilots in the Pacific war- the Marianas Turkey Shoor. This acrion rook place on 19-20 June 1944, and a wirness lO rhe starr of this event was Future seven-kill ace Lt(jg) John W Dear oFVF(N)-76's Det 2, embarked in USS Hornet(CV-12). Alrhough nor direcrly involved in the melee rhat saw the decimation of rhe IJN's carrier'-based air arm, he had flown a nighr patrol beFore rhe barrie started; 'On the night of 18/19 June, Hornets radar picked up a snooper, and at abour 2300 hrs I was catapulred oFF ro inrercept ir.
American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2 by Warren Thompson, Andrew Thomas