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By Bill Bellamy

Troop chief is a special account of 1 man's event of the conflict for Europe in 1944 and 1945. invoice Bellamy was once a tender officer within the eighth King's Royal Irish Hussars from 1943 to 1955. He served in seventh Armoured department within the North West Europe crusade, touchdown in Normandy on D+3, fought in the course of the conflict for Normandy and into the Low nations as a troop chief in Cromwell tanks, and was once latterly a member of the preliminary occupying strength in Berlin in might 1945. opposed to the foundations, invoice stored diaries and notes of his studies. His account is clean and open, and his descriptions of conflict are shiny. He witnessed a lot of his contemporaries killed in motion, and this life-altering event sincerely informs his narrative. The debts of tank battling within the leafy Normany bocage within the top of summer season, or within the iron demanding fields of Holland in wintry weather, are photo and compelling.

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The Rotte supported each other in a similar fashion. Typically, each Staffel flew with Schwarme in loose line abreast, covering up to a mile of sky. P-40Fs of the 66th FS/57th FG await take-off orders at Ben Gardane or Soltane, Tunisia, in March 1943. com COMBAT As the Allied pincers squeezed on Tunisia from the west and south during the spring of 1943, the two remaining jagdgeschwader – now equipped with Bf 109Gs – fought doggedly over a steadily shrinking patch of sky. By April, JG 53 kommodore Oberst Günther von Maltzahn had begun pulling his units back to the relative safety of Sicily, rather than risk having them trapped in Africa when the inevitable collapse finally happened.

The 325th FG flew its first mission to Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 13, 1943, 34 Warhawks escorting bombers northward from the Tunisian coast across 100 miles of sea to the target and back without interference. From this uneventful start, the campaign quickly escalated into full fury six days later when 32 Warhawks escorted B-26s to Decimomannu airfield, where the bombers were to attack a supply depot. /JG 51 jumped the fighter escorts from above, and soon a big dogfight was underway. Two future aces of the 325th FG scored their first successes during this engagement, which saw the group claim five victories in total.

J. “Jay” Overcash’s P-40K-1 42-46040 “White 13” at Hani Main, Tunisia, soon after the pilot had scored his final two kills to “make ace” on the afternoon of April 26, 1943. All five of his victims were Bf 109s. mid-March. A major encounter on March 30 with Bf 109Gs of JG 77, which had been flying in North Africa for nearly a year, was one of several fierce combats that occurred through early April. A second P-40 group, the 325th FG, joined the Twelfth Air Force at about this time and began combat operations in April.

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