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Hunter became hunted when a three-ship flight led by Maj. Harrison Thyng dove down on the French fighters, sending all three spinning to the earth in flames. The next day, the 31st shot up a counterattacking armor column, bringing it to a halt. By Nov. The 52nd joined the 31st at Tafaraoui, though not without mishap. Six of its fighters ran out of fuel on the lengthy transit.

Both American Spitfire groups soon became involved in intense air battles defending the harbor of Bone, and, ironically, escorting Ps on ground attack missions. They racked up a few dozen kills, but took heavier losses to the better trained and equipped Luftwaffe fighter units. On Feb. To compound their misery, a counter attack organized by Field Marshall Rommel on Feb.

We were successful in getting out of Thelepte even though we had very little warning. I was one of the last flights to take off from Thelepte, and as we were taking off shells were landing in the mess area in the ravine on the side of the hill. The groups hastily departed, some in Spitfires, some in trucks, even some on foot, leaving behind 12 burning unserviceable Spits.

German tanks, supported by Luftwaffe bombers, dealt American troops a bruising defeat in the Battle of Kasserine Pass. On March 21, two squadrons of the 31st bounced 18 Stuka dive bombers escorted by German fighters, shooting down between four and eight Stukas, for the loss of just one Spitfire. The following day, the 52nd shot down seven s and s, as well as two Ju 88 light bombers. On April 3, Arnold Vinson, commander of the 2nd Fighter Squadron, led his unit on a sweep over El Guettar—the site of a battle in which American tank destroyers heroically staved off German tanks at tremendous cost.

At about in the evening, his unit chanced upon a squadron of twelve Stuka dive bombers of StG 3, escorted by a half dozen German fighters. Fifteen to 20 Stukas were sighted just as they were dive bombing American concentrations. As my flight was nearest the Stukas, we went after the farthest formation. They were very slow, and we caught them easily.

I closed to within 25 to 30 yards of the trailing Ju 87, opened up with both cannon and machine guns, using about five degrees of deflection. A two- to three-second burst was sufficient. The motor belched black smoke and slight flame. The aircraft dove down and left into the ground from about feet. I closed on the next Stuka same distance and deflection, opened up with both cannon and machine guns, two- or three-second burst. The aircraft burst into flames, broke into pieces in the air. This combat took place at about 1, feet. But then the escorting Messerschmitts of JG. American infantry on the ground saw the Mississippian parachute from his smoking fighter over enemy territory.

Two days later the Germans repatriated his body. The American Spitfire pilots were intermittently engaged escorting bombers blasting the fortified Italian island of Pantelleria in May and June, then dueling German and Italian fighters over Palermo in July and August during the amphibious invasion of Sicily, and finally covering the American landings at Salerno, Italy that September, claiming dozens of Axis fighters.

The 31st moved to Italy by the fall of , while the 52nd operated from French island of Corsica, liberated in September. The rarer, better Mark VIII also featured a strengthened fuselage, a retractable tail wheel, a pointed-tip rudder, and a bubble canopy that greatly improved visibility for the pilot. The Spitfires also received bomb racks for pound bombs, and began launching air raids against targets in southern France and Italy. On Jan.

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It fell to the 52nd Group to protect the vulnerable fleet from air attack. The following day, 4th Squadron bounced six Do. Other exotic victims of the 52nd included three Heinkel floatplanes over Savoia and a rare Messerschmitt twin-engine fighter bomber. In return, the 31st and 52nd lost 16 fighters in January—but took 30 German planes down with them.

Johnson No. Joseph J. Despite of this cancellation, Isoroku Yamamoto announced the successful conclusion of the I-Go air offensive. Part of British Squadrons , , and arrived on board. Only two bombs hit the city, and four German pilots got lost, thought that they were over France and landed at West Malling RAF fighter base in Kent where three were taken prisoner and one was killed crash-landing.

Soong and Colonel Xiao Bo for China. Horthy would continue to meet this deportation request as little as possible. German pilots who scrambled to meet the attackers claimed shooting down 5 bombers and 1 fighter.

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Among other topics, the admirals discussed the lack of armor on Japanese aircraft and the concern that Isoroku Yamamoto was soon to personally visit the front lines. This brought Squadron's stenghth down to 21 crews. Armee attempted to eliminate the Soviet bridgehead at Novorossiysk in southern Russia. So many lives were lost that the Germans dubbed the action Palm Sunday Massacre. She was located, attacked, and sunk by British aircraft off Den Helder, the northernmost part of the Netherlands.

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Two of her crew were killed in the bombing. The crew abandoned the ship which was carrying 9, tons of linseed and the vessel sank after being hit by two more torpedoes two hours later. The Master, J. They agreed that the tentative date for the New Georgia invasion was to be 15 May, and that a US Marine Corps defense battalion, a US Navy construction battalion, and a US Army regimental combat team should be transferred to the theater to support the invasion.

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Over the island of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, they were shot down by American fighters over Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, killing Yamamoto. Another torpedo struck at hours and stopped the tanker and set her on fire and caused her to sink after a short time. The Germans reported four lifeboats but three of them were swamped; the master, 47 crew members and two gunners were lost.

Four crew members were killed and the master was taken prisoner by the Italians.


Only were registered into the camp; the remaining 1, were sent to the gas chambers. Bilisoly Hudgins. It was the only resistance effort during the Holocaust that had attacked a transport train. The loans were to be backed by US Dollars in Swiss bank accounts. This scheme was devised to provide funding in those countries without actually sending dollars into Axis-held territories, which would risk the funding being captured by the enemy, which would place the World Jewish Congress in a legal bind per United States wartime law.

Taking command he then led a successful hand-to-hand assault in which he was wounded again, this time mortally. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. ED, which served as M-Mother later adapted to Mother-of them-all would, by the time it was retired early in , have set a record of completed operations to its credit.

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In the afternoon, she patrolled off Shioyasaki, eastern Honshu, Japan. The convoy was under the command of J. The convoy was to grow in size from mid-journey rendezvous with other ships departing from other ports. The pilot detected the elevator controls had been cut just before take-off and aborted the flight. At the time, the incident was hushed up and blamed on German intelligence but de Gaulle never flew by plane in Britain again. Only at Enfidaville was there a halt. Resistance remained fierce, however, and was professionally handled by the Germans and Italians, allowing units of the Luftwaffe to be evacuated from the shrinking perimeter.

Armee abandoned the attempt to dislodge the Soviet bridgehead at Novorossisk in southern Russia. Despite head wounds, he rallied him men and captured three German strong-points before being cut down whilst single handedly tackling two sniper posts. Another Tunisian campaign Victoria Cross was awarded to Major John Anderson who was the first man into three enemy machine-gun positions, capturing prisoners. Senior staff officer Captain Kameto Kuroshima secretly transferred Yamamoto's ashes to the admiral's sea cabin. Submarines under General MacArthur's command, however, continued to use them. Bromage was scuttled and abandoned by her crew to avoid capture after being seriously damaged by the Italian torpedo boat Climene. Her loss would be officially announced by the Admiralty on 6 May Only 95 men of the original force of returned.

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This proved something of a mistake for the Germans as it permitted some 12 RAF Squadrons to contribute to daylight anti-submarine operations. They were able to cross it later in the day with the help of Gurkha Rifles men from the western bank of the river. The prisoners were later repatriated by aircraft to Sweden. Despite being wounded again, Kenneally survived to collect his Victoria Cross. Gudgeon fired a spread of four torpedoes at the Japanese vessel at 3, yards range. After two minutes there were two explosions. The Kamakura Maru was hit twice on her starboard side at the No.


Twelve minutes after the strike there was an explosion and the ship upended and sank by the stern. The US submarine passed through the area where the ship sank and reported a dozen lifeboats and floating debris and a large amount of people in the water. The Japanese crew failed to send out a distress signal before the ship sank, thus no one suspected its loss until 3 May The Kamakura Maru was the largest Japanese troopship sunk in the war; over 2, lives were lost with this sinking. They scored no hits until around hours when US freighter McKeesport sunk by a torpedo from U; three attacking submarines were damaged during the attacks and were forced to return to base to receive repairs.

Upon learning the attacks, the British Admiralty dispatched additional destroyers to reinforce the escort force. Avseevich to the Northwestern Front, G.