By William N Hess, Chris Davey

ISBN-10: 1841763152

ISBN-13: 9781841763156

ВЂ˜I imagine the luck of the 354th because the top crew within the eu theatre for aerial victories is because of numerous issues. First used to be the preliminary education of the squadrons prior to deployment to England. Colonel Ken Martin nurtured the crowd from its infancy, and the entire excellence that later confirmed via may be put at his doorstep. regardless of his adolescence, he knew how one can foster teamwork and insist perfection in flying. there has been not anything extra very important than getting the crowd off at the correct foot. moment, our pilots have been taught to fly mutual help, and practised it faithfully. there have been no "hot" pilots within the 354th, in simple terms "excellent" pilots. 3rd, males like Glenn Eagleston gave suggestion and warnings approximately strive against strategies and guarding one's tail. This ready our pilots for lurking risks, anything the opposite teams won't have done.’ Brigadier normal James Howard, Commanding Officer of the 354th Fighter staff

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At 4000 ft I was jumped by two Fw 190s. I saw them coming and fired two short bursts in their general direction to shake them up a bit. I dropped 20 degrees of flaps and started turning, losing altitude at the same time.

During assembly on the runway at take-off, Lane had parked too long downwind with his engine running, thus depriving his radiator of sufficient air cooling, and popped his coolant overflow valve. It was standard procedure to abort the mission and let an alternate take your place when this happened, but Lane had been grounded for some time by the flight surgeon and had only recently regained flying status. He had been impatiently looking forward to this mission, feeling behind the rest of us in opportunities for kills.

5 kills (USAAF) 51 Known to all and sundry within the 354th as 'Uncle', Lt Col George Bickell assumed command of the group after Col Jim Howard departed in mid April 1944 for Ninth Air Force Headquarters. ), Bickell was a natural leader of men both on the ground and in the air. A veteran of combat in the Pacific, he remained at the head of the 354th until May 1945 (USAAF) 52 Fw 190s tail. He must have been watching Lt Eagleston, for I don't believe he saw me until I cut across the circle we were making and I fired from about 45 to 50 degrees deflection.

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