By Phil H. Listemann
During WW2, the RAF, Commonwealth (RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF and SAAF) and 'Free ecu' forces hired nearly 250 fighter squadrons in the course of the international, from the Aleutians to the South Pacific, all through Europe, the center East and North Africa, India, Burma and the East Indies and East Africa. The RAF's easy tactical formation was once the squadron, and this was once step one of autonomous commanders frequently held through a Squadron chief. The interval in command may possibly fluctuate from a question of days to over a yr and such a lot of hundreds of thousands of guys have been appointed as officials Commanding (OC) of a squadron. As strategies built and bigger formations have been utilized in motion, numerous squadrons may function in live performance and have been grouped jointly as a Wing, led via a Wing chief. frequently of Wing Commander rank. by means of the mid battle years as those Wings turned self reliant cellular formations, the command was once given to a gaggle Captain with management within the air held by way of the Wing chief, extra officially titled as Wing Commander Flying (WingCo). such a lot have been hugely embellished, and a few have been very winning aces yet all have been hugely skilled with a confirmed checklist of management and skill.
The goal of this sequence is to introduce those males as far as on hand details permits by way of giving brief biography and describing the operational devices that they led in the course of the war.
This moment quantity includes fifty two names: W.S. Arthur (Aus), A. Austeen (Nor), E.R. Baker (UK), L.H. Bartlett (UK), R.P. Beamont (UK), R.W. Bungey (Aus), W.M. Churchill (UK), W.G. Clouston (NZ), A.M. Colenbrander (SA), L.F. de Soomer (Bel), H.J. Dowding (Can), B. Drake (UK), M. Duryasz (Pol), J.F. Edwards (Can), J.M. Faure (SA), E.F.M.L. Fayolle (Fr), R.H.M. Gibbes (Aus), D.E. Gillam (UK), H.C. Godefroy (Can), R.K. Hayward (NFL), Z. Henneberg (Pol), E. Holden (UK), E. Horbaczewski (Pol), C.B. Hull (Rho), K.E. James (Aus), S.I. Kellas (Gr), J.R.C. Kilian (NZ), F. Kornicki (Pol), O.L. Kucera (Cz), J.J. Le Roux (SA), R.F.F.G. Malengreau (Bel), J. Manak (Cz), R.L. Mannix (USA), R.D. could (Aus), H.W. McLeod (Can), H.O. Mehre (Nor), H de M. Molson (Can), D.G. Morris (UK), R.L. Morrison (SA), T.F. Neil (UK), J.B.E. Nicolson (UK), H.H. Norsworthy (Can), C.G. Peterson (USA), J. pattern (UK), J.H. Schloesing (Fr), D.H. Seaton (UK), R. van Lierde (Bel), A. Vasatko (Cz), R.G. Watts (NZ), E.P. Wells (NZ), V.J. Wheeler (UK), W.T.F. Wightman (UK).
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