New PDF release: Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the

By Kari Stenman

ISBN-10: 1846034817

ISBN-13: 9781846034817

Coming into provider with the U.S. military as a carrier-borne fighter, the Brewster F2A, later named Buffalo via the British and easily the Brewster by way of the Finns, observed really little carrier with its personal country. certainly, it used to be to determine motion on only one social gathering in US shades: the engagement off halfway via USMC F2As observed a couple of eastern provider plane shot down, together with by means of destiny ace Col Charles M Kunz. The F2A used to be additionally ordered for the RAF in 1939, and even though it quickly grew to become obvious that the kind was once now not appropriate to be used opposed to the potent Luftwaffe over Western Europe, the Buffalo used to be visible as an appropriate kind to be used within the a ways East. It was once despatched en-masse to equip new squadrons of the RAF, RAAF and RNZAF shaped for the defence of Malaya and Singapore. regardless of the numerous inadequacies uncovered after the Japenese invasion, the Commonwealth devices fought gallantly opposed to the chances and with negative logistical backup and eventually made many claims. certainly no fewer than 9 pilots both grew to become aces at the style or elevated their ratings to accomplish acedom, and yet another fifteen aces flew them in motion. furthermore, the best Buffalo ace went directly to develop into the main profitable Commonwealth pilot opposed to the japanese of the full warfare. It used to be in Finland, notwithstanding, the place the Brewster stumbled on timeless reputation and proved itself a true thorn within the facet of the Soviets. working in primitive stipulations and opposed to better numbers, Finnish Brewster 239 pilots racked up a tremendous rating opposed to the purple Air strength. total, a few 37 Finnish pilots turned aces whilst flying the Brewster 239. The tubby Brewster used to be a great deal the fighter of selection for the best Finnish pilots till the arrival of enormous numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s in 1943.

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The squadron's Buffaloes were shipped in crates directly from the USA, and the first was ready for air testing by 29 April. No 243 Sqn was under the command of Sqn Ldr Gerald Bell, who told the author; 'We were equipped with Brewster Buffaloes, an American aircraft designed for use on carriers that had been discarded by the US Navy as obsolete. ' A number of other experienced pilots also arrived in Singapore during the course of 1941, including eight-victory Battle of Britain ace Fit Lt Tim N e w l y assembled Buffaloes of N o 243 S q n , w i t h one from No 67 Sqn beyond, sit lined up at Kallang airport in April 1941.

Holder's fighter was hit by ground fire, however, and had to return to base. The Buffalo suffered further damage when it hit an abandoned Hudson shortly after landing. Holder w a s at t h e controls of A N 1 9 6 / W P - W w h e n he f l e w the first Buffalo sortie against the Japanese. Having been hit by ground fire, he w a s forced t o abandon the fighter at Kota Bharu, w h e r e , as can be seen, t h e Buffalo fell into e n e m y hands (F G Swanborough) AIM180/GA-B heads this line-up of N o 21 Sqn aircraft photographed on 19 N o v e m b e r 1941.

The smoke then stopped and the LaGG pulled out of its dive, at which point I fired again. This time the fighter crashed into the sea, leaving a large slick of oil to mark where it had sunk. 'As I was finishing the LaGG off, a second Soviet fighter latched onto my tail, but I quickly turned the tables after a few tight turns. Opening fire, the LaGG also started to smoke. The pilot tried to dive away, opening up a gap of some 300 metres, but once he levelled out I slowly began to gain on him. I fired a series of bursts as the LaGG approached an enemy-held island.

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