Tomahawk and Kittyhawk Aces of the RAF and Commonwealth
Deemed unsuitable for the Channel Front, lend-lease Tomahawks and Kittyhawks instead became the staple fighters of the Desert Air Force in 1941-42, flying with RAF, South African and Australian squadrons in North Africa and the Middle East. Although usually outclassed by the Bf 109, a number of pilots enjoyed some success during the desert campaign – men like Caldwell, Gibbes, Edwards and Drake, all of whom accrued double figure scores. In the Far East, Australian and New Zealand pilots also saw much action against the Japanese in 1942/43, flying over the jungles of New Guinea in defence of the Australian mainland. This book charts the careers of the men who ‘made ace’ in these often underestimated fighters.
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COLOUR PLATES COMMENTARY
ACES OF WORLD action air combat airfield April astern attack August Australian became an ace Bob Whittle Bobby Gibbes bomber Capt Clive Caldwell crashed credited Curtiss damaged days later Desert Air Force dived early Edwards Egypt enemy aircraft escort fighter fighting final claims fire flew flight commander flown by Sqn Flt Lt flying this aircraft following day formation fuselage Geoff Atherton Geoff Fisken ground Guadalcanal Guinea Hurricanes intercepted Islands Jackson January John Waddy Johnny Gibson July June kills Kittyhawk Kittyhawk Ill Les Jackson Libya March Milne Bay mission Mohawk Neville Duke November October Parsonson patrol Peter Turnbull pilots pulled RAAF Rabaul raid RCAF re-equipped RNZAF score shared shot Solomons sorties Spitfires Sqn Ldr Sqn SAAF Sqn's starboard strafing struck off charge Tobruk Tomahawk Tomahawk llB tour turn unit unit's USAAF victories Wg Cdr whilst Zealand Zeke Zero