By Christopher Shores, Clive Williams
A revised choice of the biographies of the top scoring Allied fighter pilots of worldwide warfare II. All info in their strive against are prepared in tabular shape. integrated are a range of photos from hitherto inner most collections.
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Since we cannot be categoric regarding individual totals in certain cases, this has become a book about pilots who were successful in aerial combat. You will find no ‘league table’ of scores this time, as we can no longer be sure that we are comparing like with like. Each pilot’s biography has been made as complete and concise as possible within the constraints of space, while those claims we have been able to find (which we believe to be the vast majority) are listed in order that readers may assess for themselves, together with the relevant squadron summaries, the conditions under which each pilot operated, and the level of achievement thereby indicated.
Large numbers of highly-decorated pilots spent their time involved mainly in ground-support activities. They deserve a book of their own. It would have been an attractive proposition to include all decorated fighter pilots — but space prevents. The claims criteria may not be considered by some to be an entirely fair one to adopt, but it does provide a yardstick which allows selection to be made of a particular body of pilots. This is not just a book about fighter pilots — it is a book about fighter pilots who achieved a degree of success in aerial combat, which must still be considered the fighter’s predominant role and duty.
The valuable experience gained by many of the Luftwaffe’s pilots in Spain during the civil war there, only confirmed this situation, allowing them to develop tactics and formations appropriate to this role. The same circumstances applied to the Japanese, arising from their experiences in China and Mongolia. Thus it was that many RAF pilots who were able to achieve quite marked success against the bomber formations met in 1940, found themselves experiencing much greater difficulties in bringing their guns to bear on the Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs that proved to be their main opponents over the years that followed.