Day of the Flying Fox. The True Story of World War II Pilot by Steve Pitt

By Steve Pitt

Canadian global battle II pilot Charley Fox, now in his past due eighties, has had an exhilarating lifestyles, specially at the day in July 1944 in France while he noticed a black employees motor vehicle, the sort often hired to force high-ranking 3rd Reich dignitaries. Already famous for his ability in dive-bombing and strafing the enemy, Fox went in to assault the car. because it grew to become out, the auto contained famed German basic Erwin Rommel, the wilderness Fox, and Charley succeeded in wounding him.

Rommel, who on the time was once the Germans' ideal army commander in France orchestrating the Nazis' resistance to the D-day invasion, used to be by no means an analogous after that. writer Steve Pitt makes a speciality of this seminal occasion in Charley Fox's existence and within the conflict, yet he additionally offers interesting points of the interval, together with profiles of famous ace pilots Buzz Beurling and Billy Bishop, Jr., and nice break out architect Walter Floody, in addition to sidebars approximately Hurricanes, Spitfires, and Messerschmitts.

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At the beginning of the war there were no uniforms for the service personnel to wear, no weapons for them to carry, and no barracks to house them. Recruits learned their basic drill in civilian clothes, using brooms and mops for rifles. They slept in makeshift barracks, including stables that had been designed for livestock. But Canadian factories and thousands of tonnes of supplies bought from the United States swiftly transformed Canada into a military camp. Charley Fox had just finished earning his final two credits on his high-school diploma when Canada declared war on Germany.

Churchill refused. If Hitler wanted Great Britain out of the war, the Germans would have to beat the British in battle. In a radio speech on June 18, 1940, Churchill told his people that “the Battle of France is over. ” In response the Germans gathered hundreds of barges and boats in ports along the French and Dutch coasts to ferry German troops and equipment across the channel. Tens of thousands of German soldiers were stationed near the coast, ready to board the barges at a moment’s notice. Before the Germany army and navy dared cross the English Channel, though, the Luftwaffe first had to seize command of the air.

The tens of thousands of waiting German soldiers were pulled back from the coast. The Battle of Britain lasted 114 days. The British lost 1,173 aircraft, with 510 pilots killed. The Luftwaffe lost 1,733 aircraft, with 3,368 airmen either killed or captured. ” FASCINATING FACT Polished Polish The highest-scoring Royal Air Force squadron in the Battle of Britain was 303 Squadron, the “Kociuszko” unit, which was comprised of Polish pilots who had survived the fall of their homeland. Although they entered the battle two weeks late, these war-hardened pilots racked up an unmatched score of 126 enemy planes destroyed, 13 probables, and nine damaged.

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