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By Mike Spick

Many hundreds of thousands of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and plenty of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied airplane. a couple of turned recognized. approximately 5 percentage of fighter pilots accounted for a few 40 percentage of all air victories, and those have been the aces.

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3 Prof Leathart was so named for his mathematical bent. Gradually the German strategy hardened. Attacks were made on British convoys in the Channel and Thames Estuary, and naval bases on the South Coast were raided. This was ominous. Not only was Britain's mastery of the sea being challenged, but it appeared that the Luftwaffe bomber force was honing its anti-shipping skills against the day when it would have to defend the invasion fleet from the might of the Royal Navy. At the same time, large-scale fighter sweeps began over south-east England.

On 13 May, Ginger Lacey, a young sergeant pilot with No 501 Squadron, had difficulty in starting his Hurricane, took off late, and failed to find his section. Stooging around near Sedan, he sighted his first German aircraft, a Heinkel He 111 bomber, several thousand feet below. With no combat experience, and no leader to tell him what to do, he hesitated. As he did so, he spotted a Bf 109E which was apparently escorting the bomber. Finally deciding that he must attack, he opened his throttle and went down on the fighter.

Seconds passed; the range shortened. The red aiming dot of the reflector sight was centred on the canopy; 1,500ft range— fire! Tuck's guns were loaded with a high proportion of De Wilde ammunition, which flashed as it hit. The wings and canopy of the 109 sparkled under the hits; its nose rose gently, and an aileron came fluttering back. Then the entire starboard wing broke away, and the doomed German fighter spiralled down. But with no witnesses, this first victory was not confirmed. That afternoon, No 92 Squadron returned to Dunkirk.

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