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By Mike Spick

Many millions of fighter pilots of many nations--British, American, Australian, Canadian, Polish, and lots of more--flew, fought, and died in Allied plane. a number of turned well-known. approximately 5 percentage of fighter pilots accounted for a few 40 percentage of all air victories, and those have been the aces.

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When the latter was first requested, Hawker Aircraft refused to comply, on the grounds that the extra weight would alter the centre of gravity and lead to handling problems. Taking an empirical approach, Halahan scrounged the pilot's back armour from a written-off Battle bomber, and had it fitted to a Hurricane which was then flight-tested. No problems were found; the machine was then checked out at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, with the same result. Consequently all Hurricanes thereafter were provided with back-armour, which saved many lives.

He was sympathetic but quite adamant that until he got replacements I would have to carry on. I am glad now that he was unable to let me go. If I had been allowed to leave the squadron feeling as I did, I am sure that I would never have flown again. Jim Lacey (28 victories), No 501 Squadron Nor was it any easier for the novices. Paddy Barthropp of No 602 (Spitfire) Squadron first went into action on 15 September. He flew four sorties, saw lots of German aircraft, and exhausted his ammunition on each occasion, but was unable to see if he hit anything.

To summarise, although six Spitfire squadrons featured in the 'top ten', the records of the aces paints a different picture. Of the 19 pilots who became double aces during the battle, nine flew Spitfires, nine Hurricanes, and one both. While there can be no doubt that the Spitfire was the better fighter, on an individual level the dominant factor was the man rather than the machine. Table 5. Battle of Britain Top Scorers, I July-3 I October 1940 1 Julius Neumann, a Bf 109E pilot with JG 27, believes that he was shot down by Jim Hallowes on 18 August 1940.

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