By Phil H. Listermann
During WW2, the RAF, Commonwealth (RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF and SAAF) and 'Free ecu' forces hired nearly 250 fighter squadrons through 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 uncomplicated tactical formation used to be the squadron, and this was once step one of self reliant commanders often held through a Squadron chief. The interval in command may possibly differ from an issue of days to over a yr and such a lot of thousands of guys have been appointed as officials Commanding (OC) of a squadron. As strategies constructed and bigger formations have been utilized in motion, numerous squadrons could function in live performance and have been grouped jointly as a Wing, led via a Wing chief. often of Wing Commander rank. through the mid struggle years as those Wings grew to become self sustaining cellular formations, the command was once given to a bunch Captain with management within the air held by means of the Wing chief, extra officially titled as Wing Commander Flying (WingCo). so much have been hugely adorned, and a few have been very profitable aces yet all have been hugely skilled with a confirmed list of management and talent.
The target of this sequence is to introduce those males as far as on hand info permits by way of giving brief biography and describing the operational devices that they led throughout the war.
This quantity five comprises fifty two names: D.G. Andrews (Aus), R.E. Bary (NZ), F.V. Beamish (Ire), M.L.F. Beytagh (UK), M.V. Blake (NZ), E.P.W. Bocock (UK), A.D.McN. Boyd (UK), R.E.P. Brooker (UK), J.D. Browne (USA), L.V. Chadburn (Can), J.M. Checketts (NZ), W.H. Christie (Nor), M.V.M. Clube (UK), P.Y. Davout (Can), A.H. Donaldson (UK), E.M. Donaldson (UK), J.M. Donaldson (UK), L.M. Gaunce (Can), LJ.M.E. Geerts (Bel), A.V. Gowers (UK), R.E. eco-friendly (UK), N.D. Harrison (NZ), B. Howard (Aus), F.J. Howell (UK), H. Hrbacek (Cz), S. Janus (Pol), I.F. Kennedy (Can), J.H. Lacey (UK), F.W. Lister (UK), J.L.H.E. Marchelidon (Fr), R. Marples (UK), P.E. Meagher (Ire), I.C. Ormston (Can), M.S. Osler (SA), J.R.A. Peel (UK), W.H. Pentland (Can), H.M. Pinfold (UK), A.F. Roscoe (USA), W.A.J. Satchell (UK), R.E.G. Sheward (UK), G.L. Sinclair (UK), T. clever (UK), L.T. Spence (Aus), B.G. Stapleton (SA), J.E. Storrar (UK), P.V.K. Tripe (Can), S vB. Theron (SA), P. StG. B. Turnbull (Aus), M.T. Vanderpump (NZ), C.A. van Vliet (SA), J.L. Waddy (Aus), S.L. Welshman (Aus).
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Fighter Leaders of the RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF & SAAF in WW2: Volume 5 by Phil H. Listermann