By Jerry Scutts
The united states aviation produced 3 nice fighter designs to equip its burgeoning military air strength in the course of global warfare 2, and of this trio, Republics P-47 Thunderbolt was once simply the heaviest. Powered, crucially, by means of a turbocharged Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine that produced 2000 hp, the 1st creation opponents reached the 56th FG in June 1942, and 6 months later the crowd joined the 8 Air strength in Britain. the coming of the 1st P-47Cs in mid-1943 addressed the matter of the aircrafts brief wrestle radius, as this version should be geared up with an exterior tank. Slowly, as strive against strategies developed in devices just like the 56th and 78th FGs, pilots learnt how top to fly the Thunderbolt on the way to successfully counter the extra nimble Luftwaffe warring parties.
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As I had nothing with which to fight back (the armament had been removed from the Messerschmitt to save weight), I aimed the combination in the direction of a collection of landing craft and ships near the shore and released the Ju 88. The automatic pilot did not hold the aircraft on one engine, however, and it dived into the sea. Rudat's story is confirmed in the combat report of an RAF Mosquito on patrol near the beach-head that evening.
I am proud to have been numbered amongst the Sturmgruppe pilots. If the conditions were ever repeated, I would do the same thing again. In general, the American countermeasures were successful, as is borne out by the disconcertingly gloomy figures that appeared in a Luftwaffe staff paper written on the daylight air defence operations by Luftflotte Reich during August 1944. In the course of 22 major attacks on targets in Germany, the defenders claimed to have shot down 307 US bombers - an average of fourteen bombers during each incursion.
The total Luftwaffe effort during the daylight hours amounted to about a hundred sorties, mostly by fighters and fighter-reconnaissance aircraft. No Me 262 operated over the beaches in the fighter or any other role, for its jet engine was still not ready for mass production. The influx of combat units to airfields in the area of the invasion, planned so assiduously beforehand, had little effect during the critical initial phase of the landings. III. Gruppe Schlachtgeschwader 4, a ground-attack unit with some fifty Focke Wulf Fw 190Fs at Clastres near St-Quentin, and at Le Luc and Frieres in the south of France, was one of the units now pitch forked into the battle and its experiences were more or less typical of those enjoyed by units moving forwards.
P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eighth Air Force by Jerry Scutts