By Andrew Thomas
The P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt have been the best American combatants of worldwide conflict 2, and either observed carrier with the Royal Air strength in giant 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 used to be additionally flown through a couple of Polish devices within the RAF. The P-47 Thunderbolt was once the easiest fighter to be had in CBI theater, the place it was once flown by way of a couple of aces opposed to the japanese, frequently in a flooring aid function. even though those fighter forms are such a lot linked to the americans, they played a big position serving within the RAF.
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In early April No 213 Sqn gained an experienced new flight commander in the form of FIt Lt 'Ginger' Hulse, who began a second rour of operations. He already had six claims, though he roo had yet ro gain a single confirmed vicrory - post-war research was ro show that some of his claims had in fact crashed. Hulse flew his first operation on the 13th, when he led an armed reconnaissance that saw a railway bridge bombed and mororised transport strafed. The following day 'Nobby' Clarke became CO of No 5 Sqn SAAF as the war in Italy and the Balkans slowly drew ro its conclusion.
His unique claim to fame as the only RAF pilot to become an ace while Hying a Thunderbolt also virtually marked the end of the aircraft's career as an escort fighter in Burma. Thereafter, it Hew solely on ground attack duties, which were conducted with distinction. Probably the last aircraft destroyed by the Thunderbolt in RAF service were a bomber and a Ki-44 that were strafed during a sweep to Moulmein at the end ofApril 1945. -----EGYPTIAN TRAINING----- 82 rom Italy, interdiction operations continued apace, with No 213 Sqn hitting the Yugoslav railways, and No 3 Sqn RAAF bombing numerous Italian river crossings ahead of the steadily advancing British Eighth Army, for example.
I was closing very rapidly on him and managed to get in a brief, optimistic, burst of fire at a narrow deflection angle, without obvious results, before overshooting and pulling round sharply to avoid rhe wooded valley side. As I came round I looked back and saw that the Storch had struck the hillside. 5, making it one of the top-scoring RAF squadrons of the war. Another unit had also begun to re-equip with Musrang Ills in late September, No 5 Sqn SAAF flying its first operations with the new type on 5 October from Iesi, near Ancona on the Adriatic coast.